Dr. Alexander Ibe, Weatherford College Professor of Biology, was announced as the 2016 Faculty Member of the Year during this past weekend’s commencement ceremony.
Ibe said he was surprised, but honored and humbled to be chosen for the recognition from among 14 other nominees.
“I am very grateful to the students, staff and my fellow faculty members for bestowing upon me such an award,” Ibe said. “The award exemplifies confidence by your peers, and I’ll wear the title with grace like those before me.”
He was announced as this year’s recipient of the award by Dr. Allison Stamatis, Associate Professor of Natural Science and last year’s Faculty Member of the Year.
“I was overcome with joy and pride when I learned that Dr. Ibe was the Faculty Member of the Year,” Stamatis said. “He was my department chair when I was hired at the college, and he has been an amazing mentor and one of the best colleagues that I could ever ask for.”
Ibe is also highly praised by students who take his courses. He said his teaching philosophy is focused on group learning where complex concepts are explained in a story-line format that each student can replicate to their peers.
The title of Faculty Member of the Year comes with airfare for two to the U.S. destination of his choice and the $1,000 Gayle and Wanda Grant Award of Teaching Excellence, both provided by the Weatherford College Foundation.
So where does Ibe plan on traveling with his well-earned prize?
“I am sure my wife will find a destination and how to spend the money,” he said. “I’ll just tag along.”