Jeff Jones: CCC full-time faculty of the year 2014-15

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Computer Information Systems (CIS) instructor, Jeff Jones is Coconino Community College’s Full-Time Faculty of the Year for 2014-2015. Jones has dedicated more than 15 years of his career to higher education and computer information technology at CCC.

“The best part of teaching is sharing the ‘aha!’ moment as students have reached or been pushed far enough to stretch themselves and then are rewarded with some insight and real learning,” Jones said.

In addition to teaching, Jones volunteers as the advisor for the CCC Games Club.

“The club allows students to enjoy video games and have discussions of the current technology and theory in an environment that is supportive and fun,” Jones said. “The CCC Games Club has allowed students who might not see themselves as ‘fitting in’ to have a place of their own on campus and be more successful overall.”

CCC students nominated Jones for his award.

“He makes the quiet students feel more relaxed and shows that their thoughts matter,” wrote CCC student Mathew Brubeck on his nomination of Jones. “I remember when I first started I was very scared of going back and he made it a point to talk to me and let me know that what I say matters.”

Jones, for his part was humbled when he learned he had won.

"Thank you all! I am without words (not a regular occurrence for me!),” said Jones. “I am humbled and grateful for my loving family, my students, my supportive peers and for the College’s recognition of me as their Full-Time Faculty of the Year Award winner. “

CCC student Sarah Armstrong wrote the following in her nomination: “Professor Jones wants to make sure the students are achieving their goals and he will go out of his way to check each student's status throughout the semester when asked how they are doing. He will tell them what they can do to be successful in the class.”

CCC has been a good place for Jones to be creative and find success as an instructor, he said.

“I have been allowed to design four entirely new classes (programming and game design) over the past seven years that were not offered and have been able over time to integrate them into the curriculum,” Jones said. “Judicial use of technology allows us to do so many things that enhance our lives and make us more efficient but the flip side of the coin leaves many ethical issues related to access, privacy, and power. The curriculum itself changes more frequently than most academic areas and there is always something current in the news that can challenge our thinking or excite us.”

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Date
Wednesday, 22nd October 2014
 
 

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