Dr. Aileen Creighton

Dr. Aileen Creighton

This award for teaching excellence pays tribute to an outstanding and beloved educator—Dr. Aileen Creighton.  Above all else, she loved teaching.  Born August 27, 1911, to John Scott and Adda Inez (Griffin) Swafford in Cannaday Community near Gainsville, Texas, Dr. Creighton was the youngest of four children.  She seemed always to have been surrounded by educators.  Her two sisters and a brother were teachers at some point, and her father taught for 50 years.

Dr. Creighton wanted very much to attain her father’s goal of teaching 50 years, and she clearly surpassed it.  Her nieces, however, describe her teaching career as having spanned nearly 70 years.  She taught in high school for seven years before coming to Del Mar College, and she spent 41 years at Del Mar College as a classroom teacher and as the Chair of the English Department.  Following her retirement in 1979, she continued teaching English courses at Del Mar College until Christmas of 2001.

Dr. Creighton learned to read at age four, and she was a student in her father’s classroom from grades 4 through 11.  About her early education, she said:  “I loved the fun of working sentence diagrams in English and doing the work assigned to upper grades just to see if I could finish a problem before they did.  I’ll always be grateful for that experience.  Heady stuff!”

At age 16, Aileen Creighton graduated from West Texas State Teachers High School in Canyon, Texas, as an Honor Society member and class valedictorian.  Always in pursuit of higher learning, her family moved to Austin, where she entered the University of Texas.  Even working two part-time jobs, she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1929 at the age of 18.  Unable to get a teaching job because of her youth and because of the Great Depression, she continued her studies in UT-Austin’s then “Department of the Art of Teaching” and earned her master’s degree in English.  Later in her academic life, she became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta and was eventually recognized as a Piper Professor and as a Texas Junior College Teachers Association “Teacher of the Year” Award recipient.  Today we credit her with beginning the curricula for remedial English classes at Del Mar College, an initiative that was well ahead of its time in the 1960s.

Through her uncanny ability with words, Dr. Creighton has inspired large numbers of students to love the beauty and majesty of our language.  Patterning their lives after her example, many of her former students have caught the passion that she felt for our mother tongue and have chosen to become teachers of English.

Dr. Creighton’s inner fire and enthusiasm brought her through some hard financial times.  Her salary for many years was minuscule by today’s standards, yet she always chose to share her fascination with prose and poetry with thousands of fortunate students. Even today when she glibly quoted from memory long passages of melodious phrases, the magic of words in her life became evident.  The inspiration of this great lady seems boundless—because she was undeniably a master of the art of teaching.

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Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence

Award Overview

2017

The purpose of the Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence is to recognize an individual's career teaching accomplishments at Del Mar College. The award can be presented to an individual in an academic discipline only once in that individual's Del Mar career. The recipient is selected by committees at both the divisional level and at the college level. Individuals who are nominated but are not awarded are eligible for re-nomination.

Eligibility:
The nominees must have a minimum of ten years’ teaching experience in a full-time, tenured or tenure-track position at Del Mar College.

Criteria:
Given that these criteria are not ordered in any priority fashion, it is assumed that any faculty member considered for the award shall demonstrate superior ability in most, if not all, of these criteria.

The criteria for this award are divided into three categories: Student Learning and Impact, Instruction and Assessment, and Professional Growth and Development.

Recipient selection will be based on evidence that supports claims illustrating the following criteria:

 I. Student Learning and Impact
    Successful candidates shall demonstrate:

  • Interest and enthusiasm for teaching and for promoting student learning.
  • An ability to arouse curiosity and to stimulate independent learning and the development of critical thought.
  • Active service to students as an academic, professional and/or personal advisor. Inherent in this advisory role is the assumption that the nominee is readily and willingly available to students for advice and guidance.
  • An ability to assist students from both traditional and non-traditional groups to participate and achieve success in their courses.
  • Sensitivity to and respect for student inquiry and discussion both in and out of the classroom.

  II. Instruction and Assessment
      Successful candidates shall demonstrate:

  1. High standards of ethics in teaching.
  2. An ability to organize course material and to present it in a relevant, interesting, imaginative, and scholarly manner.
  3. Innovation in the design and delivery of content and course materials.
  4. Provision of appropriate assessment including worthwhile feedback to students on their learning.
  5. Reinforcement of the relationships between and across related areas of study.

III. Professional Growth and Development
     Successful candidates shall demonstrate:

  • Command of the subject material including recent developments in the field of study.
  • Participation in professional activities and/or research related to teaching and learning.

Nomination and Selection Process
The nomination and selection process involves three stages:

  1. The nomination of faculty by colleagues or supervisors.
  2. The selection by a Divisional Nomination Selection Committee of no more than two candidates per Academic Division. A minimum of two faculty members must be nominated to initiate the selection process.
  3. The recommendations of the Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence Selection Committee of the final recipient to the President of the College.

A detailing of each of the stages follows:

Stage One—The Nomination Process:

  1. The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs (P/VPAA) issues a call for nominations.
  2. Nominations may come from a colleague or supervisor who is qualified to comment on the nominee's teaching.  No self-nominations are permitted. A minimum of two faculty members must be nominated to initiate the selection process.

Notice of Commitment: Preparation of the application materials for the award necessitates a time commitment from both the nominator and the nominee. As the applicant’s sponsor, the nominator should ensure that the applicant agrees to participate in the preparation of the application and agrees to follow through with the process until its conclusion.

If the nominee is selected by the Divisional Nomination Committee to be a final candidate, the nominator is responsible for assisting the candidate in the preparation of her/his evaluation portfolio. This portfolio will be used by the Award Selection Committee to determine their final recommendation. A detailing of the portfolio content is included in the Application Materials section of this document.

  1. Nominations are to be made using the appropriate nomination form. Nominators are permitted to attach to the nomination form no more than two (2) pages of support addressing the specific award criteria.
  2. Nominations must be submitted to the Office of the P/VPAA by Friday, April 21, 2017. Once all nominations have been received, they will be distributed to the appropriate Academic Dean.

Stage Two—The Divisional Process:

  1. Upon receipt of the nomination forms and letters of support, each Academic Dean will appoint a committee consisting of one faculty member from each department within the division to serve on the Divisional Nomination Selection Committee. However, a faculty member who has submitted a nominee’s name for consideration is ineligible to serve on the Divisional Nomination Selection Committee to avoid any conflict of interest.
  2. The Divisional Nomination Selection Committee will select no more than two final candidates from the division. Their selections will be based on the nomination forms and the letter of support.
  3. The names of the final nominees will be submitted to the Office of the P/VPAA.
  4. The P/VPAA will notify, in writing, the final candidates as well as the individuals who nominated the candidates so that they may begin the portfolio assembly process.

Reminder: It is the responsibility of the nominating party, in cooperation with the candidate, to complete the application process upon notification from the P/VPAA.

  1. Final portfolios must be submitted to the Office of the P/VPAA by Friday, July 7, 2017.

Stage Three—The Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence Selection Committee:

  1. The P/VPAA will appoint the members of the Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence Selection Committee. The committee will consist of:
    1. The P/VPAA or designee will serve as the Chair of the committee.
    2. One faculty member from each division: two-year appointment with possibility of reappointment.
    3. One individual external from the divisions with expertise in teaching and learning: two-year appointment with possibility of reappointment.
    4. One student member: one-year appointment.
    5. The award winner from the previous year: one-year appointment with possibility of reappointment.

Note: The faculty members appointed to the committee may be previous Creighton Award recipients. However, a faculty member who has submitted a nominee’s name for consideration is ineligible to serve on the Selection Committee to avoid any conflict of interest.

  1. The recommendations of the Selection Committee will be forwarded to the President by Monday, July 31, 2017.
  2. The award will be presented at the Fall Convocation on Monday, August 21, 2017.

 

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Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence Timeline
2017

April 6 Call for nominations
April 21 Nominations due to the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
April 21 Nominations forwarded to the Appropriate Academic Dean
May 5 Divisional Nomination Committee appointed by each Academic Dean
May 12 Divisional Nomination Committee selects divisional nominees and forwards to the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
May 29 Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Designee notifies divisional nominees and requests portfolio from divisional nominees
July 7 Award Selection Committee appointed
July 7 Completed divisional nominees’ portfolios due to the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
July 31 Award Selection Committee completes review of divisional nominees’ portfolios and makes recommendations to the President
August 21 Creighton Award recipient announced by President

 

       

 

Dr. Aileen Creighton

Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence

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Nominee Portfolio Materials

One nominee portfolio will be compiled by the individuals named as nominees by the Divisional Selection Committee for submission to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (P/VPAA). (Those who reach stage three of the selection process.)

The Office of the P/VPAA will provide either Xerox or electronic copies of the portfolios to the Award Selection Committee.

The portfolios are not required as part of the initial nomination.

The application materials are to be organized in the following sequence. The limitations on the number of pages and items are definite. Excess materials will be disregarded and will not be read.

Required Content and Sequence:

  1. Cover sheet including the name of the nominee, her/his subject area, instructional division and the year of nomination
  2. Table of Contents
  3. The original nomination form and the nomination letter
  4. Letters of Support (Each Letter of Support is not to exceed 500 words.)
    1. No fewer than three and no more than four letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee’s teaching. It would be particularly helpful if some of those letters referred to actual classroom observations. If not, a half page summary from peer evaluations can be added.
    2. No fewer than one and no more than two letters of support from a colleague outside the discipline/division.
    3. No fewer than three and no more than four letters of support from former students who have taken the course from the nominee. The students’ letters should indicate the courses(s) taken from the nominee and actual classroom teaching behavior. Student letters are to be solicited by the nominator, not the nominee. The nominee may submit names to the nominator of possible students to contact.
  5. Personal Information
    A one-half page biography on the nominee must be included. This biography may be used to introduce the nominee as well as for publication purposes.
  6. A self-report of teaching goals, methods, and philosophy (not to exceed two pages).
  7. A condensed curriculum vitae of no more than two pages outlining:
    1. Educational qualifications
    2. Career history
    3. Teaching positions
    4. Teaching experience
    5. Awards and Recognitions for outstanding teaching
  8. A statement (not to exceed six pages) addressing each of the evaluation criteria areas below. Each section should be addressed independently. The areas are:
    1. Student Learning and Impact
    2. Instruction and Assessment
    3. Professional Growth and Development
  9. Selected supporting material (not to exceed six pages). These may include, but are not limited to, evidence of contributions to curriculum or program design, assessment instruments, course materials and handouts, and study guides. In addition, candidates may submit a single flash drive containing up to 30 minutes of support material and consisting of no more than 4 individual items.
  10. Student Evaluation Summary
    Include a summary of student evaluations, not to exceed two pages, covering a minimum of two distinct courses covering a total teaching span of at least four semesters.
  11. Additional Materials
    (There is a limit of no more than five pages of additional materials.)
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Eligible Faculty for Nominations

DR. DAVID ABARCA
MAC AIPPERSPACH
LOUIE ASUNCION
NORMA AYALA-MAYNARD
LILLIAN BASS
ALAN BERECKA
DR. YOUSSEF BETSHAHBAZADEH
DR. PAUL BISSELL
DR. BEN BLANCO
JANIE BLANKENSHIP
SHAWNEE JONES BONNETTE
MERRY BORTZ
CRAIG BRASHEARS
DR. JONIZO CAIN-CALLOWAY
EPITACIO CARPENTIER
ADOLFO CASTANEDA JR.
ALAN CLARK
LEOLA COLEMAN
GERARDO COBARRUVIAS
JOHN CRISP
DR. SUSIE CROWSON
ANTONIO DAVID
DR. PHILLIP DAVIS
DR. EVANGELINE DELEON
DR. STEPHAINE DING
JOE DUDEK
BARBARA DUFRAIN
ROBERT TODD EHLE
GLEN ELLIS
LINDA EUBANK
BARBARA FINNEGAN
THOMAS FINNEGAN
BENITA FLORES-MUNOZ
RANDOLPH FLOWERS
JANIS FOX
KIM FREDERICK
DR. PATRICIA FREDERICK
CYNTHIA GARCIA
SANDRA GARCIA
AMORETTE GARZA
MARIVEL GONZALES-HERNANDEZ RICHARD JOSEPH GOODE JR.

JOHN GRAHAM
BENNY GREGORY
CONCEPCION GUTIERREZ
KENNITH HANNA
MICHAEL HARRIS
DAVID HATTOX
SYLVIA HERRLICH
PHILIP HII
DR. GORDON HILLEY
DR. RANDALL DAVID HINTON
MARJORIE HOY
DOLORES HUERTA
DEBRA HUGHES
RON HUSKIN
LUCY JAMES
DR. MOHAMMAD JANKA
AMY TILTON JONES
MICHAEL JONES
DR. JOY KAIRIES
KARL KEMM
DR. JAMES KLEIN
WALTER VERNON KRAMER
DR. DANIEL KUYKENDALL
CURTIS LEE
DR. WILLIAM LIPMAN
BOB LONG
DR. RUSSELL LONG
CYNTHIA LONGORIA
ROLANDO LONGORIA
WARREN GLEN MADDEN
GEORGE MARTIN
THOMAS MATULA
DR. PAUL MCCANN
JOEL MCKINNEY
Dr. JENNIFER MCWHA
ERIC MOLLER
JAVIER MORIN
LISA MUILENBURG
DR. MARCUS MYERS
KIRK NEWPORT
MARY LOUISE ORTIZ BORCHARDT
MARIA VELMA PENA

CYNTHIA PERKINS
DR. JUDI PHILLIPS
MICHAEL POTTER
EUGENE POWER
ANTHONY PRECELLA
TIMOTHY PRECELLA
RENATO RAMIREZ
DENISE RECTOR
BERT RODRIGUEZ
KEN ROSIER
RICHARD RUPP
MONIQUE SAENZ
RAY SAENZ
JORGE SANCHEZ
DR. GERALD SANSING
DR. LAIHUA SHENG
JAN SPIGNER
ROGER STEINBERG
DR. BRYAN STONE
SUSAN STURMAN
DR. DAVID SUTANTO
WALTER THIEME III
DR. ANN THORN
HUGH TOMLINSON
DOMINGO VELA
ABEL VILLARREAL
DR. PATRICIA WALTER
JAMES WEBER
LISA VICTORIA WELCH
GWYNELL WESTERVELT
KRISTEN WILKERSON
MELINDA WREN
KAREN WILLIAMS
MICHAEL WOOD
NADER YASSIN
JOEL YOWELL
YAN XU