Each year, the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) honors outstanding community college educators with the Excellence in Teaching Award.
In 2017, art instructor Adam Watkins was chosen from East Central College! According to the MCCA, an instructor must fit a certain criteria to be eligible for the award – effective and innovative teaching, effective advising, service to the college community and commitment to high standards of excellence in teaching and student interaction.
Watkins was honored at a banquet in Columbia on April 12, along with other outstanding teachers and college students from community colleges in Missouri. He was nominated by ECC instructor Leigh Kolb.
“Adam Watkins is an incredible asset to ECC,” said Kolb in her nomination essay. “Students rave about Watkins as an instructor and a mentor. He’s an excellent leader and inspiration to students and to his coworkers.”
Kolb added that Watkins was instrumental in aligning the college’s new Common Learning Objectives.
“Outside of campus,” Kolb added, “he has a thriving artistic and musical career. His work is consistently being shown in galleries. He is able to show students that he is not only a passionate instructor of art, but he’s also a working artist.”