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CCCCD Names Top Professor



CCCCD Names Top Professor

FEB. 08, 2002 - Kathy Morgan, instructor of music, was named CCCCD's outstanding professor of the year at the annual All-College Day meeting in January

As outstanding professor of the year, Kathy Morgan, a professor, choral director and performer, automatically becomes the college's nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Award, a prestigious title bestowed annually on professors for superior teaching at both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The Piper Foundation recognizes well-rounded, outgoing instructors who are devoted to their professions and who have been positive role models in their classrooms and their communities. Last year's outstanding professor of the year, R. Scott Yarbrough, instructor of English, went on to win the statewide Piper Award.

Morgan began with CCCCD in 1997 as an associate faculty member and continued in that role until being named permanent faculty member and choral director in 2000. She directs the jazz ensemble Expressions, the Chamber Singers and the Collin County Chorale in addition to maintaining a full teaching load.

As a professional performer, Morgan's repertoire includes a broad range of musical styles including vocal jazz, popular music, folk, gospel, baroque and opera.

Each academic year the college's Council on Excellence elects one outstanding faculty member from each instructional division. The other divisional nominees for this year were Kemal Moula of Communications and Humanities; Mike Bell of Math and Natural Sciences; Steve Dewees of Social Sciences, Health, and Public Services; Tom Jones of Engineering Technology; Bill Blitt of Business and Computer Science; Shirley Terrell of Developmental Education and Greg Dennis of Physical Education and Athletics. The council uses classroom visits, interviews, written works and peer reviews to make its rigorous selection. From among this group of exceptional educators, the council then names one outstanding professor for the entire district.