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Josh Stroup-ECC English InstructorJosh Stroup of Sullivan, an English instructor at East Central College, has been named a 2012 recipient of an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.   A ceremony sponsored by Emerson was held November 11 at the  Ritz Carlton where each honoree received an engraved Tiffany crystal apple.


For more than two decades the Emerson Award program has recognized teachers from the kindergarten through college level at public and private  schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area for their outstanding contributions to the educational community. Award winners are selected by administrators at their institutions.  


"Quality teachers are instrumental in helping students achieve the highest level of success," said Patrick J. Sly, Emerson executive vice president. "Their achievements ultimately enable our communities to grow, companies to succeed and increase jobs, and provide more progressive employment opportunities in the future."


“I am honored to be awarded the Emerson, especially out of all those eligible,” Stroup said. “We have wonderful staff and faculty here at ECC, and to be named as someone who is innovative among those great people is a thrilling thing.  If I am considered to be a good teacher, it is because ECC’s faculty, staff, administration, and students pushed me to be the best I can be every single class period.”


Jean McCann, ECC’s vice president of instruction, noted that Stroup is in his element in the classroom. “Watching Josh teach is a joyful experience,” McCann said.  “He is engaging, focused, happy, understanding, knowledgeable, and always in the moment.  He has the unique ability to always be where the students are in their study of composition, creative writing, business writing or other classes.”  McCann noted that Stroup poses thoughtful and critical questions, solicits responses from every student, and actively involves the class in every facet of learning. 


In addition to his teaching, Stroup has led the effort to produce the college’s Literary Review, an annual publication of student prose and poetry.  McCann stated that through his work with the students in creative writing, Stroup has helped the students create noteworthy publications.  “He champions co-curricular events such as integration of art and writing, as well as promoting and organizing poetry readings,” stated McCann. 


Stroup has also been involved in a variety of nonteaching activities, including faculty development program leadership, co-chairing the developmental education advisory group and working on assessment of writing through the composition sequence. He has organized International Education Week activities for students and the community.


“Throughout his work in and out of the classroom, the common thread and what motivates Josh is improving student success,” McCann said.  “He understands the needs of students, is compassionate about the challenges facing community college students, and measures his success in his students’ success.  It is these traits together with his genuine and caring attitude and his belief in the community college mission that make Josh an outstanding faculty member.”


Stroup attended ECC before transferring to Missouri State University in Springfield.  He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from MSU.  He started teaching part-time at East Central in 2006 and became a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2007.


Emerson, a diversified global manufacturer and technology leader with world headquarters in St. Louis, has sponsored the recognition program since 1989 as part of its commitment to promote quality education throughout the St. Louis area.   Emerson and the Emerson Charitable Trust gave $10.6 million to more than 700 educational organizations and institutions globally for the year ending September 2012.

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