Terre Haute, Ind. – Scott Michael Powell, associate professor of sociology and global studies leader, has been recognized with the 2017 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction for Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute, said Chancellor Lea Anne Crooks. A video about Powell can be seen on Ivy Tech’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/IvyTechCommCollege/videos
Powell is an active and engaging educator who works consistently to bring diversity and inclusion to the campus through his Global Studies classes, as well as through extracurricular events offered throughout the year, Crooks said.
Powell participates with the regional diversity council, volunteers for speaking engagements on these topics, and plans and executes a multicultural event for the campus’ annual Matter & Motion event. He has traveled to England for the Study Abroad program, and is planning another trip in May 2018. Powell created a Global Studies Council, and annually organizes events and presentations on campus which also help to promote the new Global Studies Certificate. He has served as president of Faculty Senate for several years, is on the scholarship committee and also six employee achievement award committees.
Crooks said that on the statewide level, Powell is heavily involved in the statewide Social Sciences Curriculum Committee, working to improve the quality of Ivy Tech’s educational offerings to its students. He was also chosen to chair the subcommittee to develop a statewide assessment for SOCI 111, which will first be implemented this fall.
He has similarly worked to expand students’ horizons by internationalizing the curriculum of record for Multicultural Studies with an initiative called Global Learning Across Indiana, and has developed lesson plans and modules for use by all faculty teaching the course.
“Scott’s investment in Ivy Tech and dedication to its students is phenomenal,” Crooks said. In addition to all of the above, he has served in the statewide Professional Development Committee for three years, helped with the Sociology curriculum, and created Global content for the new Global Studies Certificate.
“Powell is highly aware of educational trends and is on top of his field, both pedagogically and technically,” Crooks added. In addition to teaching at Ivy Tech, he also is an educator for Indiana State University and St. Mary of the Woods College. His work at other institutions allows him to learn from many faculty and engage in professional development to help him grow. By teaching upper division courses at the private St. Mary’s, and acting as lead instructor and course developer for the advanced undergraduate sociology courses, he is required to keep up with current trends and new knowledge that can in turn, be passed on to his Ivy Tech students. He is a regular presenter in the field – and his knowledge has been shared at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conferences in 2012, 2015, and 2017. He also has chaired panel discussions at national conferences. His quest to share his knowledge is evident, and a criminology textbook he has co-authored is expected to be released in 2017.
Ivy Tech Community College selected 14 full-time faculty members across the state to receive these awards. In a tradition that began in 1983, one full-time faculty member –Shelly Eisert, professor of nursing at the Southeast campus — was recently announced as the recipient of the Founder’s Award, the College’s highest honor for faculty.