Clara Evans and Barbara Brown selected for SJC 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award
PASADENA, Texas — Longtime friends and colleagues, Clara Evans and Barbara Brown, are recipients of this year's San Jacinto College (SJC) Central Campus Outstanding Faculty Award. For them, it signifies recognition for simply doing what they love.
"For us, teaching is something you don't really think about as a job," said Brown. "You don't expect awards because this is a way of life. So many people here deserve recognition."
San Jacinto College Central Campus is home to more than 240 full-time faculty, 61 percent housed in the academic division and 39 percent housed in the technical and health sciences divisions. Brown serves as an English professor and department chair for English, speech, modern languages, and communications. Evans is the department chair for computer information technology, engineering design graphics, electronics technology, interior design, agriculture and ag-business, and cosmetology.
Outstanding Faculty Award recipients are chosen by way of nominations by their fellow colleagues and a selection committee. The committee structure, as well as the selection of one nominee from each area, has served to acknowledge and balance differing perspectives and areas of content expertise.
"That's what makes this so special," said Evans, a 1995 SJC alumna. "It's humbling to have been chosen by your peers. I'm very honored to have been selected along with Barbara because we are friends. It's a nice feeling."
In this year's Central Campus graduation ceremonies, both professors will lead the student processional and carry the mace. Brown has been with SJC for 23 years and once taught Evans' daughter, Barbie.
She has attained Level III, the highest level in SJC’s Distinguished Faculty program and is a candidate for this year's Minnie Stevens Piper Outstanding Faculty Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Teacher Education and a Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Houston. She is on the steering committee of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, an initiative that promotes academic results through improved reading skills. She also participates in the College’s Houston Pathways Initiative, which focuses on improving high school graduation rates and preparing students for college.
In 2007, Brown served on a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board team to create the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards for Language Arts. She currently serves on the state’s Developmental Education Demonstration Project grant committee to create an integrated reading-writing college preparatory course. She previously taught at the SJC South Campus, Alvin Community College, and University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL).
Evans began teaching at her alma mater in 1996. She holds both her bachelor's and master's degrees from UHCL, along with a Network Administration certification from SJC.
She is a participant in multiple committees and taskforces at the College that include the interview committee for the new technical dean, the automotive department chair interview, two nursing department faculty interview committees, the textbook taskforce, the grade appeal committee, INST-EDUC-1300-Task-Force, and the technical advisory committee. Apart from her duties as a department chair, Evans also teaches courses within the English department and is working with Pasadena Independent School District in the project for a new technical school to incorporate multiple opportunities for dual enrollment students.
Outside the College, Evans volunteers with local community events such as fundraisers for other charity organization. She is also heavily involved in the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo each year, having assisted in the establishment of a $2,000 scholarship opportunity for SJC agricultural students in 2011.
"I feel so honored to be part of such a dynamic organization, because San Jacinto College and the communities it serves have been such a motivation to me," said Evans. "I truly believe that we can and do make a difference in our students' lives."
About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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Photo: (Left to right) Professors Barbara Brown and Clara Evans were recently selected by their San Jacinto College peers for this year’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department.