Gwinnett Tech Names Adjunct Instructor of the Year

September 19, 2013

Gwinnett Tech Names Adjunct Instructor of the Year
English Faculty Member Honored for Innovation, Leadership


Gwinnett Technical College's 2013 Adjunct Instructor of the Year has taught in the English Department for the past six years with a philosophy to instill confidence, curiosity and respect for others in her students.

Dr. Cynthia (Cynde) Gregory said her job is a privilege which allows her to "mentor (students), guide them around potential obstacles, and help them learn techniques and approaches for tasks at hand that become tools for the rest of their lives." Her selection was announced on campus last month.

Gwinnett Tech's Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award is designed to recognize adjunct instructors at the college who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

English Department Program Director Padma Vedula said Gregory has met all of the requirements, and then some. "Her students love her creativity, ingenuity, nurturing nature and multi-modal approach to teaching," Vedula said, adding that Gregory "constantly updates her knowledge through presentations and publications and adopts them in the classroom."

Dr. Penny Waddell, Speech program director at Gwinnett Tech, nominated Dr. Gregory for the honor and noted her commitment to her students and to advancing her own teaching effectiveness. "She's an incredible instructor. I watch her with her students and they just adore her."

In addition to being named the 2013 Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Gwinnett Tech, Gregory recently won the 2013 Nell Ann Picket Award from the Two-Year College English Association of the Southeast, which recognizes outstanding conference program proposals.

Gregory has been published frequently in literary journals, penning articles on teaching methods. She's also garnered many awards for her work in the areas of fiction and poetry.

But her passion remains in the classroom. "I cherish my students as individuals, celebrate their successes and encourage them," Gregory said.

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September 19, 2013