At the Seattle Community Colleges, teaching and learning is our primary focus--and it shows. The Seattle
Community Colleges have an outstanding array of faculty members who have earned national recognition and visibility for their
scholarship, teaching and technical expertise. Students tell us that it is the close relationships they establish
with knowledgeable and caring faculty members that encourage them to continue with the hard work and long hours that are necessary
to earn a community college degree.
To recognize and celebrate faculty who mentor their colleagues and whose teaching translates into exceptional results in the classroom,
we will establish named Endowed Professorships at each campus. These endowments will fund faculty awards and
professional development activities for these remarkable faculty members. For the campus it is vital in both attracting and retaining
exceptional faculty. For the faculty it is recognition and reward for achieving an extraordinary degree of proficiency in teaching and scholarship.
We will also establish the first Endowed Faculty Chairs at each campus. The earnings of these endowments
will provide support to the most innovative, creative, and recognized faculty members, allowing them to advance their
scholarship, share their methods with colleague and develop curriculums. In addition, the prestige associated with the Endowed Chairs
will help the college attract regionally and nationally recognized faculty leaders bringing broader expertise to the faculty.
A final goal of the Faculty Excellence program is the creation of an Endowed Lecture Series. The funds
from this endowment will allow the Seattle Community Colleges to bring distinguished speakers to campus, increasing the
academic richness of the campus environment and offering students and faculty members the opportunity to interact with innovative leaders,
scholars and professionals.