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Ivy Tech President's Awards for Excellence in InstructionAbout the President's Awards

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Instruction honor Ivy Tech Community College's most prestigious faculty for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.

This annual tradition, which began in 1983, recognizes one full-time faculty member per campus. Each recipient receives an Ivy Oscar and $1000 professional development grant.

All winners are also nominees for the Founder's Award, which is the highest honor the College can bestow upon faculty members. Recipients of the Founder's award receive a commemorative medallion, an after-tax award of $5,000 and a $1,000 grant for instructional supplies and materials. 

2019 President's Award Recipients

As part of the 36th annual President's Awards Ceremony, 19 Ivy Tech faculty members were chosen to receive the President's Award for Excellence in Instruction.

The recipient of the 2019 the Glenn W. Sample Founder’s Award was Autumn McNichols, Professor in School of Arts, Sciences, and Education at the Ivy Tech Muncie campus.

“I am inquisitive, which makes me want to ask probing questions to my students, and makes me believe in the opportunity to use education to truly transcend barriers as we look to these students to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said McNichols. “All students deserve a college that is welcoming, supportive, and nurturing. Learning is an intentional act.”

“Ensuring the success of our students is Ivy Tech’s top priority. I am extremely honored and proud to work with these remarkable faculty members who set an example for their peers to make a difference in the lives of Hoosiers,” said President of Ivy Tech, Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “Autumn, as well as each of the President’s Award recipients, inspires each of us to work harder each and every day.”

Each award winner went the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of Ivy Tech students.

Learn more about all the winners below.

Glen W. Sample Founder's Award Winner
Muncie - Autumn M. McNichols -  Professor, School of Arts, Sciences, and Education

Anderson - Robert L. Richwine - Welding Institute Director

Bloomington -  Christine Brandel - Associate Professor, English


Columbus - Thomas A Sobat, Ed.D. - Professor of Biology


Evansville - Daniel J. Dickman - Associate Professor of Psychology


Fort Wayne - Jennifer Knapp - Instructor, Paramedic Science


Indianapolis - Sherry L. Moore, Ph.D. - Associate Faculty/Department Chair, General Studies


Kokomo - Kelly Williams, Associate Professor/Department Chair, Nursing


Lafayette - Punam Mittal - Assistant Professor, Database Management and Administration


Lake County - Parnell Jordan - Assistant Professor/Department Chair, Welding/INDT


Lawrenceburg - Shyra J. Tedesco, Ph.D. - Associate Professor/Department Chair, Life and Physical Science


Madison - Jill Kelly-Koren - Associate Professor of English/Program Chair of Education, Humanities, and Languages


Marion - Heather Wilson - Associate Professor, English


Michigan City - Laura Rosillo, M.D. - Associate Professor, Life Science


Richmond - Jessica D. Huffman - Program Chair, Math and Student Success


Sellersburg - Anthony Sams - Associate Professor/Department Chair, English

South Bend/Elkhart - Monika H. Champion - Department Chair, Mathematics

Terre Haute - Brooke Truxal - Assistant Professor/Program Chair, Respiratory Therapy

Valparaiso - Randee S. Marinaro - Dean, School of Nursing