In addition to recognizing graduates for their achievements, the faculty and staff of Weatherford College took a moment during Saturday’s commencement ceremonies to honor the 2014 Faculty Member of the Year.
Tonya Edwards, the 2013 awardee, presented this year’s award to American History Instructor Scott Williams.
“This year’s recipient is a true teacher who has passion for learning and shares that passion and knowledge with both students and colleagues,” Edwards said during her introduction of the winner. “Their teaching goes well beyond the classroom walls. When not actively teaching students, this instructor is constantly creating innovative methods to challenge the students’ thinking. This instructor is flexible, adaptable and, most importantly, creative.”
Nominees for Faculty Member of Year are submitted by faculty, deans and students.
Williams knew he was a front runner for the honor along with a female colleague.
“I was very nervous and excited as I was waiting to hear if I would receive the honor,” Williams said. “The point when I knew that I had won was when the presenter changed from saying ‘this person’ to ‘he.’ It was very exciting to realize that I had won.”
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a master’s degree from Penn State. He has taught at WC since August of 2006.
Along with the prestigious title, Williams also received 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 WC Foundation.
“My main goal is to do my job to the best of my ability and to help my students succeed,” Williams said. “I hope that this award reflects that, as I do everything I can to help my students move forward with their education and reach a successful outcome. I greatly appreciate the recognition of my efforts.”