Aaron Tabor: CCC part-time instructor of the year 2014-15


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Most people that do two jobs often call their second job “moonlighting” which implies that they are working for the paycheck, but Bio 160 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology instructor Aaron Tabor, truly teaches just for the love of teaching.

“What I love about teaching Bio 160 is that every class is so diverse,” Tabor said. “The level of knowledge ranges from little to some knowledge and with only a few often knowing quite a lot about the subject. It makes for a class that is actively engaged.”

Tabor was chosen as the 2014-2015 Part-Time Faculty of the Year, an honor nominated by Coconino Community College students.

Tabor also teaches at Northern Arizona University in addition to working on his dissertation as a Wound Specialist at Development Engineering Sciences, LLC. He has earned master’s degrees in pathology and in anatomy and physiology. He is on track to receive his doctorate and is currently writing his dissertation on research. Tabor gave thanks to his advisor Dr. Robert Kellar at NAU for helping him through the dissertation process.

Tabor began teaching in 2008 when one of his master’s instructors at NAU became ill and he was asked to take over the class. Tabor has been teaching ever since, and began teaching at CCC in 2011.

One of the highlights for Tabor the past year was working with students that were a part of the Bridges to Baccalaureate program, which focused on actively engaging Native American students in the sciences and research. Tabor was the faculty advisor for an Alaskan cruise that gave the students hands on experience in wound care, hematology and family medicine.

“The students studied on the ship but did have a chance to explore Alaska and have a little fun when the ship docked at various ports,” Tabor said.

Eleanor Miller, one of the Bridges to Baccalaureate students who traveled to Alaska, said Tabor teaches with a passion. She is currently taking Bio 160 with him.

“Mr. Tabor always makes the class interesting,” Miller said. “His illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand and the adrenaline he brings into the classroom makes learning fun.”

Although teaching is something he truly enjoys, he pointed out that his number one passion are his two children. In his “spare time” Tabor enjoys participating in mud running and competitive Jujitsu. As Part–Time Faculty of the Year, Tabor will have the honor of being one of two faculty members to address graduates, staff, faculty, friends and families at CCC's 2015 commencement ceremony.


Thursday, 29th January 2015

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