Florida College hosted the annual faculty appreciation dinner at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to recognize this year’s faculty award winners and honor two retiring professors, Ray Hinds and Becky Barlar. At this annual event, Florida College recognizes the recipients of the Dean’s Award and the Special Service Award as well as the top-rated lecturing and activities professors.
The recipient of the 2015-2016 Dean’s Award is Dr. C.G. “Colly” Caldwell (A.A. ’64), biblical studies faculty. Caldwell is a president emeritus and his experience makes him a valuable member of various faculty committees. He is devoted to his fellow faculty, Florida College, and most importantly, his God.
The recipient of the 2015-2016 Special Service Award is Karen Witherington (A.A. ’80), English faculty. Witherington plays a key role in carrying the load of the English department and tirelessly helped with the mentoring work of the academic advising office. She is the definition of a humble servant.
Florida College’s top-rated lecturing and activities professors are selected each year based on student evaluations and overall excellence. Factors considered by the students and reviewed by the dean’s office include mastery in the discipline taught, respectful treatment of student, classroom management, overall value of study and effective assessment of the course objectives.
The top-rated lecturing professor for the 2015-2016 academic year is Todd Chandler (A.A. ’93). Chandler is the chair of the science and mathematics department, and this year, he was responsible for more than twice as many student credit hours as the faculty average and also served 31 advisees. Thanks to dedicated service from Todd Chandler, many Florida College students graduate from the pre-health program ready to pursue master’s and doctorate degrees.
The top-rated activities professor for the 2015-2016 academic year is Dr. Jon Bassett. Bassett is the sponsor for the Florida College Chorus and also serves as the professor for a diverse group of music courses. Many students come to Florida College with a primary goal of singing in the chorus. Bassett passionately teaches these students, instilling in them a love of music and learning.
Retiring professors Becky Barlar and Ray Hinds were also honored at the faculty appreciation dinner.
Becky Barlar began teaching in the music department at Florida College in 1979, the same year that she earned her M.M. in piano performance at the University of South Florida. Barlar’s many years of service for Florida College have included teaching a full load of piano and music theory, serving on numerous committees, serving as accompanist for many auditions and recitals, and providing academic advising for her students. Her outstanding service has been recognized with many honors and awards, including being selected as the top-rated activities professor numerous times. Barlar will continue teaching some courses as an adjunct.
Ray Hinds (A.A. ’66) came to Florida College in 1983 to supervise the college’s in-house computer operations as well as to teach courses in computer science. Hinds has been serving Florida College faithfully for 33 years, including as the director of information services and then as director of academic computing during his years at Florida College. He worked tirelessly throughout those years to bring Florida College into the age of computer technology and information services. He was a recipient, along with Ken Kearley, of the Special Service Award for the 1998-1999 academic year for his exemplary work in upgrading the college’s computer technology in the computer training center, the library and across the campus. Hinds will continue teaching as an adjunct at Florida College.