November 2012, Volume 16, Number 5

Making Their Mark


Celebrating Transformative Teaching

Over the past two decades, Miami Dade College has honored nearly 300 professors who set the standard for excellence with Endowed Teaching Chairs. The College recently announced this year’s eight recipients, whose impressive records as educators and leaders befit the occasion of the program’s 20th anniversary.

“As much as any program at the College, the Endowed Teaching Chair reflects our identity and our aspiration to excellence as an institution,” said Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “On a day-to-day basis, these professors accomplish the heart of MDC’s mission.”

In addition to their dedication in the classroom, these faculty members work on numerous MDC committees and represent the College in local, national and professional organizations. To be awarded an Endowed Teaching Chair, applicants undergo a rigorous screening process.

Dr. Yamina Alvarez, Joan K. Stout, R.N. Endowed Teaching Chair in Nursing
With 35 years of experience in the field and in the classroom, Associate Professor Senior Alvarez is a nationally recognized scholar and professional in the field of health information technology. At MDC, she is credited with implementing high-fidelity simulation technology.

Dr. Lauren Gach, Jeanne-Marie and Dante Fascell Endowed Teaching Chair
At MDC’s School of Education, Professor Gach has taken an active role in developing curriculum, advancing service learning and serving on numerous College committees. Gach participates in workshops and seminars nationwide as peer institutions seek her expertise.

Dr. Sheryl M. Hartman, Freedom Tower Endowed Teaching Chair
For 30 years, Professor Hartman has helped thousands of MDC students excel in their educational pursuits, chosen careers and personal lives through her teaching and counseling. She also helps to sustain the high quality of instruction at MDC as a faculty trainer.

Dr. Mayté Insua-Auais, Espírito Santo Bank Endowed Teaching Chair
Combining years of clinical experience with instructional excellence, Professor Insua-Auais has created numerous opportunities for psychology students at MDC’s North Campus to excel academically while learning the practical skills necessary to grow professionally.

Marta Magellan, Manuel Medina Endowed Teaching Chair
Active in the literary arts on and off campus, Professor Magellan goes above and beyond to advance literacy and expose students to culture. In addition to developing literature classes at MDC, she is advisor to Kendall Campus’ award-winning literary magazine, Miambiance.

María C. Mari, Juan A. Galan, Jr. Endowed Teaching Chair in Entrepreneurship
Accounting Professor Mari is an accomplished educator and leadership mentor for young Hispanic women. She has received numerous awards, including Professor of the Year from the American Accounting Association. This is her third Endowed Teaching Chair.

Adelaida Quesada, Dr. Germán Muñoz Endowed Teaching Chair
With an innate talent and earnest passion for instruction, Associate Professor Quesada has brought mathematics to life for students at MDC for more than 30 years. Her vibrant classes have continually resulted in excellent retention and success rates.

Dr. Kathy J. Thomas, M. Anthony Burns/Ryder System, Inc. Endowed Teaching Chair
While imparting decades of experience on nursing students, Professor Thomas has been instrumental in developing curriculum and advancing accreditation endeavors for MDC programs, including the highly successful Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

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