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, awards one full-time faculty member per campus with the award. Each recipient receives an Ivy Oscar and $1000 professional development grant.
All winners are nominees for the Founder's Award, formally known as the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. This is the highest honor the College can bestow upon our faculty members. Recipients of the Founder's Award are given an after-tax award of $5,000 and $1,000 grant for instructional supplies and materials.
Nineteen Ivy Tech faculty members received the President's Award for Excellence in Instruction. The recipient of the Founder's Award was Scott Caldwell of Ivy Tech Richmond. Caldwell is a program chair and assistant professor in the Agriculture program and has been with the College since January 2013.
"My teaching philosophy is to keep things focused on the two reasons I became a teacher: a love for the students and a passion for the subject," Caldwell said. "While teaching techniques and technology have their place, they should never take the place of why we teach. The job of the teacher is to build a strong foundation that the student can use to continue to grow from. In the case of agriculture, that means having good SOIL (Student-focused, Opportunities for growth, Individualized attention and Laughter)."
President's Award Recipients and Spotlight Videos
Each of the 19 faculty members who received awards has gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of our students. To help you learn more about them, play the videos below to watch our spotlight video series that highlight their tremendous work.