Tunxis Professor Receives Board of Regents Teaching Award

April 14, 2014
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April 14, 2014 James Revillini

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Tunxis Community College Professor Terry Cassidy, Ed.D., is a recipient of the Connecticut Board of Regents Teaching Awards for 2014. Awards are granted to nominees who have distinguished themselves as outstanding faculty through exceptional teaching methods and creative instructional delivery that enhance student learning.

“Terry is an outstanding and also humble member of the Tunxis faculty who exemplifies compassion for his students and a commitment to innovative teaching practices,” said Michael Rooke, Ph.D., Tunxis dean of academic affairs. “Terry’s leadership of our faculty professional development initiative, the Center for Teaching, exemplifies his continued dedication to his colleagues. We are proud to recognize Terry’s contribution to both the college and to the wider system of colleges.”

An associate professor of English, Dr. Cassidy began teaching at Tunxis as an adjunct instructor in 2003 before joining the college full-time in 2006. As coordinator for the Center for Teaching at Tunxis, he conducts monthly instructional skills workshops and discussions on enhancing teaching techniques for faculty. Cassidy also leads one of the groups at Tunxis tasked with implementing outcomes based learning initiatives. In 2012, he was elected nominating committee chair for the Two-Year College English Association Northeast, a national organization under the National Council of Teachers of English. Cassidy has taught a variety of courses at Tunxis including English composition, “Perspectives in the Humanities,” “Survey of Literary Genres” and several developmental English courses.

“It is a real honor to be recognized for this award by my colleagues,” said Cassidy, who resides in West Hartford. “However, it is essential to thank my students who over the past 10 years have helped me become an effective instructor.”

Teaching Awards are granted annually by the Board of Regents for Higher Education to faculty from each of the 12 community colleges, four state universities and Charter Oak State College as part of the system of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.

Located in Farmington, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. For more on Tunxis programs, please call 860.773.1300, or visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.