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November 21, 2008
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Carnegie Foundation names CCBC’s Scott Jeffrey Professor of the Year
Baltimore, Md. – The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named Community College of Baltimore County associate professor Scott Jeffrey the 2008 Maryland Professor of the Year. Jeffrey was honored on Nov. 20 at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country – those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
Jeffrey has been teaching at the college since 1988. He has steadily moved up the ranks from adjunct to associate professor. He is currently the program director for CCBC’s Geospatial Applications program, the only certificate granting Geospatial Applications program in the state of Maryland. Since the program’s inception, student and faculty projects have won awards and received national attention. Having authored, or co-authored, a variety of maps, projects and papers, throughout his career Jeffrey sees the value of sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
A Catonsville, Md. resident, Jeffrey has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a master’s degree in Geography and Anthropology from Louisiana State University.
Donna Linksz, CCBC’s dean of Math and Science says Jeffrey is truly worthy of this award and is a real asset to the department and the college.
“Professor Jeffrey treats students as peers in this endeavor in which they are engaged,” said Linksz. “While we are all faced with helping students be problem-solvers and critical thinkers, he has found ways not only to make them think but also to solve real problems in useful ways. CCBC is an innovative place, but Professor Jeffrey goes beyond what so many others have done. His dreams and enthusiasm become his students.”
All undergraduate teachers in the United States, of any academic rank at any type of undergraduate institution, are eligible for the award. Entries are judged by top U.S. educators and other active participants in education. One national winner is selected as well as 50 regional winners.
Rooted in the community since 1957, CCBC educates nearly 65,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Offering more than 50 associate degree and 100 certificate programs, CCBC is ranked among the best in providing undergraduate education, work force development, technology, health care training and life enrichment options to citizens throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area. CCBC also provides customized employee development training to more than 100 companies annually.