New academic instructors were introduced to the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College at their meeting Tuesday afternoon. Mark Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, shared the important focus and the needed balance of job skills essential to teach at the college level.
"A critical component of a community college's success consists of its faculty members, who, in addition to teaching, advise students, serve on college committees, engage in community service and activities, and pursue scholarly work," Gruwell explained. "Iowa Lakes has a well-established tradition of hiring talented faculty members, and we look forward to our 11 new faculty members contributing to not only the success of the college itself, but also the success of students."
Although the college's new faculty members possess diverse talents and knowledge, they nevertheless share a common denominator: a passion for lifelong learning.
"Our college's mission is to instill lifelong learning skills in our students, and our faculty members assume a key role in that endeavor." Gruwell added, "Indeed, lifelong learning is one of the skills we seek when hiring new faculty members."
In addition to possessing appropriate credentials, new faculty members are also required to complete a New Teacher Learnshop, which the college sponsors each summer, prior to the commencement of classes. "Our New Teacher Learnshop explores a multitude of topics and issues that impact higher education, including assessment, student engagement, and teaching techniques," Gruwell explained. "It's an intense, but worthwhile workshop, and we encourage our new faculty members to consider facilitating future sessions so that they can share their experiences with their new colleagues."
Several of the instructors are familiar names. They include Mike Bosch, Math; Jody Condon, Educational Counselor; Kelly Dodge, Agriculture; Michael Gengler, Wind Energy; Mark Jensen, Agriculture; Curtis Neuharth, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Laurie Schmidt, Success Center; Molly Struve, Success Center; Joey Gude, Social Science; Abi Sedlacek, Communications; and Emily Gottsche, Welding.
Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Business and Community Relations, talked about popular Continuing Education classes which include Moped education and Bus Driver courses. In addition, classes in Certified Nurse Assistant, Massage Therapy, Cosmetology and Coaching Authorization are in high demand.
Rogers also reminded the Trustees of the Tractor Ride Sept. 26; the first-ever Laker Scramble Sept. 27; and, Korks and Kegs Fine Arts Scholarship on Oct. 5.
In other business, the Trustees shared regular monthly business and heard reports from state and regional groups.
The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Estherville. It will be the annual ‘organizational meeting’ of the Board.
New faculty members attending the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday include, from left: Molly Struve, Laurie Schmidt, Mark Jensen, Curt Neuharth, Kelly Dodge and Emily Gottsche.