Selkirk College Recognizes Teaching Excellence

An evening to celebrate learning and the contributions to student success by Selkirk College faculty members was the focus of a wonderful night on the Castlegar Campus at the annual SCOPE Awards ceremony.

Five outstanding Selkirk College faculty members have been recognized for their commitment to learning and exceptional performance in the classroom.

The Selkirk College Faculty Association hosted a special evening at the Castlegar Campus earlier this month where they presented their annual SCOPE Awards (Standing Committee On Professional Excellence). This year’s recipients included Gail Potter, Kay Armstrong, Mike Konkin, Duff Sutherland, and Doris Hausleitner.

“Our award winners are courageous and strong and selfless,” said Danielle Cossarini, chair of the SCOPE committee at Selkirk College. “They remain committed to their students, Selkirk College and their own professional development, even when faced with difficulties. They are innovative and creative, and what really connects the winners this year is that they drive and inspire change.”

Potter started teaching at Selkirk College in 2007 in the Nursing Program. In addition to her contributions in the BSN Program, Potter has developed, coordinated and taught the online Advanced Diploma in Gerontological Nursing. Currently, Potter is redeveloping this course in order to incorporate an inter-professional focus that includes other health professionals who work with the elderly.

Nominated for the award by her colleagues and a student, she is described as a “very humble but influential leader” and “a key contributor to initiatives in the BSN program including, simulation, computer based testing, research and curriculum development and a role model for novice instructors.”

Armstrong has been a valued member of the School of Human Services team since 2005, teaching in both the Social Service Worker Certificate Program and Human Services Diploma Program.

“From the day Kay walked into her position at the college, she has been critical in keeping the program student-centered and has been committed to working as a contributing member of our team,” stated one of her nominators. “She is an excellent communicator, congruent in her values, able to give feedback to students and peers in a respectful, strength-based manner, and a leader."

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