Tunxis Community College has announced that Amy Feest was chosen from among seven Connecticut Community College nominees as the 2017 winner of the Connecticut Board of Regents System Teaching Excellence Award. Awards are granted to nominees who have distinguished themselves as outstanding faculty through exceptional teaching methods and creative instructional delivery that enhances student learning.
“We are proud to recognize Amy’s contributions to Tunxis and her commitment to the growth of the business program and our students,” said Tunxis President Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D.
A professor of marketing and coordinator of the business administration program, Feest began teaching at Tunxis in 2010 and has led curriculum revisions of the business program to streamline advising and transfer for students. She has also developed an accelerated business program certificate and associate degree designed for working adults. At the same time, Feest worked on business transfer policies with other CT State Colleges & Universities in creating seamless transfer agreements for students. She has also fostered student engagement in clubs and activities designed to enhance student experiences in the business program. In 2016, Feest facilitated the creation of a food pantry for less fortunate Tunxis students to provide short-term food assistance to those students who are experiencing financial difficulties and continues to provide support for that initiative. She has taught a variety of courses at Tunxis including “Introduction to Business” and “Principles of Marketing,” and oversees students in their business internships.
“I am honored to receive this award for teaching,” said Feest, who resides in Cheshire. “The individuals I am privileged to work with through Tunxis’ business administration program are some of the most amazing faculty, students and alumni. They inspire me to always try to move our program and my teaching to new heights.”
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.
The business program represents the largest field of study at Tunxis Community College. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the program stresses real-world business practices, leadership, decision-making and technology. Students have opportunities to learn outside of class through internships, networking opportunities and Business Club activities.
Through guaranteed admissions programs and transfer agreements, Tunxis business students who complete an associate degree can seamlessly transfer their credits to a four-year baccalaureate business program at the Connecticut State Universities, Charter Oak State College, UConn School of Business regional campuses, and many private colleges.
Located in Farmington, Tunxis offers over 60 associate 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, call 860.773.1490, or visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.