Family: Married to Caryn with kids; Maureen, Doug and Evan
Hobbies: Running, reading
Color: School bus yellow
Band: Flaming Lips
Book: Grapes of Wrath
Future: “I want to get students more involved in publishing research”
For winner of the Most Outstanding Full Time Faculty Member award, Psychology Professor Ken Gray, winning was just a matter of time.
Gray has been at the college for almost 16 years and has taught General Psychology throughout those years.
“[I am] obviously pleased and excited and I do feel a little humbled and realizing that I’m really not better than a whole bunch of other people [and that I’m on their level],” Gray said.
Gray received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1993 and completed graduate school at Kellogg Graduate School of Management within Northwestern University.
Upon graduating from Northwestern, Gray went into marketing research for Leo Burnett and Oldsmobile before finding out he liked to teach.
“I was at the point at about 34 years old and I had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Gray said. “I figured out that my favorite thing to do was to teach and then this job came along.”
According to Gray, coming to the college in 1997 was meant to be.
“When this job came along not only did I apply for it, it was the only job I applied for,” Gray said.
According to Gray, his favorite thing about teaching is having that face-to-face interaction and seeing how demonstrations create student enthusiasm.
“I like trying to get people to have the same experience that I’ve had and seeing how my coaching material is relevant to their lives,” Gray said.
Gray said that winning the award was a treat and said it is always a surprise.
“We have a lot of outstanding faculty here, so there’s tons of people who could have won this,” Gray said.
By winning the award, Gray will be receiving $1,000 cash, a personal plaque specifying his accomplishments and be recognized at the board meeting on May 16.
Other outstanding faculty awards were given to categories in exceptional advisors, divisional faculty and most outstanding part time faculty member who was Brian Clement this year.
Clement will receive $500 cash, a personal plaque and be recognized at the board meeting as well.
MORE OUTSTANDING FACULTY AWARD WINNERS
Most outstanding part time faculty member
Tech prof. Brian Clement
Student Success Counselor Christopher Johnson & Earth Science Prof. Paul Sirvatka
Divisional Outstanding full time faculty
Business Prof. Jane Murtaugh, Comp. Prof. Michael Losacco, Criminal Justice Prof. Theodore Darden, Chem. Prof. Richard Jarman, Ph.D, Math Prof. Gerald Krusinski, English Prof. Jackie McGrath, Ph.D., Art Prof. Marina Kuchinski, Philosophy Prof. Kent Richter, Ph.D. & Counselor Joyce Fletcher
Divisional Outstanding part time faculty
Paralegal Instructor Linda Jenkins, Electronics Instructor Craig Waldvogel, Sociology Instructor Bonniejean Hinde, Math Instructor Chris Kardaras, Nursing Instructor Kim Crosby, English Instructor Elizabeth Anderson, Music Instructor Elizabeth Murphy, Religious Studies Instructor Peter Kanetis & Cataloge Librarian Patricia Snyder