EvCC Instructor Wins State Award
for Contributions to Teaching and Learning
EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College English instructor Lolly Smith is one of four in Washington to receive the Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award this year.
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in January announced the winners, who were honored for their outstanding contributions to teaching, student learning and assessment and for their commitment to supporting and providing educational opportunities for all students.
“It is no exaggeration to say that Lolly is one of the most influential and universally respected instructors at the college,” said Sandra Fowler-Hill, vice president of instruction and student services, in the nomination letter. “Students have recognized Smith with multiple You Made a Difference awards, and she was named an Exceptional Faculty Member in 2007.”
Smith has been teaching English and literature at EvCC since 1987 and has made significant constributions in many other areas.
One of EvCC’s first online instructors, she has helped develop online, hybrid and web enhanced courses since the late 1980s. As EvCC’s eLearning Faculty Liasion, she provides training and assistance to instructors in course design, use of the eLearning management system and course evaluation.
When EvCC initiated a diversity education requirement in 2001, Smith led the English department’s work to offer composition classes that focused on diversity as a writing theme, and she has mentored faculty members through the course approval process since then.
Smith retired from the college in June 2011 but continues to teach part-time. She currently teaches in the fast-track nursing learning community that combines biology, chemistry and English classes. The course eliminates one quarter from a five-quarter pre-nursing sequence.
Smith will be honored at the Assessment, Teaching and Learning Conference May 2 in Vancouver, Wash.