Center for Academic Excellence

Supporting Faculty and Staff of CCCC


Employee of the Month


This award program is intended to show immediate appreciation and recognition of individuals for exceptional contributions and customer service inside or outside of their departments. Any individual may submit an Employee Nomination Form to recognize a full-time or part-time/adjunct* (see guidelines) college employee for their special effort or service.

Program Goals
  • Increase employee engagement through recognizing positive employee behaviors
  • Promote positive employee-to-employee and employee-to-student interactions on campus in order to further a learning first culture

See Eligibility Guidelines & Past Winners

Employee of the Month Nomination Form


Erin Blakeley
(919) 718-7276

Staff of the Year

2021 Staff Member of the Year

2021 Staff Member of the Year Eligibility & Guidelines

2021 Staff Member of the Year Nomination Form

2020 Staff Member of the Year: Amanda Carter

Amanda Carter, Director of Distance Education, is our 2020 Staff Member of the Year!

Amanda was chosen for her unparalleled commitment to the faculty and students at CCCC. She demonstrates that commitment by being knowledgeable on the many technologies available to support student learning. She ensures online education at CCCC is offered at the highest quality possible and all content is delivered effectively and accessibly.

She earned the title "technology therapist" long before the pandemic, by being available to students and faculty at virtually any hour of need. She never hesitates to not only act as technical support, but to instill confidence into students and faculty who are struggling with Blackboard, or another online learning tool or piece of technology. Amanda knows understanding how to utilize the technology is important for faculty and students, but bringing them to trust in their ability to succeed is where the "technology therapist" is really magic. In everything she does, Amanda embraces a philosophy of "There are no problems...only opportunities to grow."

Congratulations, Amanda!

2019 Staff Member of the Year: Scott Byington

Congratulations to Scott Byington on being named our Staff Member of the Year! Scott was chosen for the genuine concern he exhibits for all of his students and his ability to discern what students need to succeed. After spending many years in the classroom, he now uses his administrator role as the opportunity to take that understanding of students both across CCCC and beyond.

To name a few of Dean Byington's accomplishments, he develops and maintains the onboarding advising course for all new faculty advisors at the college; he represents the college nationally in guided pathways work, presenting about helping students make informed program choices based on career interests; he serves as a guided pathways coach in North Carolina; was a founding member of the NC advising association; and serves in various leadership positions in NACADA. Dean Byington also led the development and implementation of a new student onboarding process that maps students' natural talents and interests to the programs offered at the college in order to help students get on the right pathway sooner.

What makes Dean Byington stand out is that he has such a wealth of knowledge and experience, and he combines that with a compassion for students and a desire for continuous improvement. This quiet and powerful leadership seems to really resonate with his students. Additionally, he has been a mentor to many of his colleagues; always patiently listening and providing thoughtful advice to any question they may present him. It seems like his mind his mind is always on and spinning around ways to improve the college for our students.

2018 Staff Member of the Year: Angela Crisp-Sears

Congratulations to Angela Crisp-Sears for being named our Staff Member of the Year! Angela was chosen based on her commitment to our mission by accepting students where they are and treating them with respect while supporting students in every area, whether their needs are academic (tutoring, writing center, navigating Blackboard, taking a proctored exam) or personal (creating a manageable schedule, writing a resume, finding reliable transportation.)

Angela exhibits excellent job performance by having earned the trust from our faculty and ensuring students are matched with credible peer tutors. She takes time to visit classes at the beginning of every semester to give students information about all of the services and resources available, contributing to the AAC's superb reputation. She demonstrates innovation in the workplace by hosting workshops to help students learn about campus services, time management, test prep, what it means to be a successful college student, and providing them with a Mental Health & Wellness Day. An example of how she demonstrates responsible use of funds includes her working with health educators in our community to participate in an Opioid crisis group and collaborating with local high schools to provide resources to our CCP students.

She models lifelong learning by encouraging her department to participate in the state's Tutoring & Learning Association and formalizing the training for lab assistance and tutors. Angela looks for ways to share time and expertise by administering the placement test and ensuring our new students feel welcomed and have a successful start with the college since she is often the first person they meet. In addition, she has collaborated with community organizations to host Women in Science speaker series to mentor groups of young women to build confidence and consider careers in STEM fields.

For these reasons and many more, we congratulate Angela Crisp-Sears for being our Staff Member of the Year!

2017 Staff Member of the Year: Tamara Joyner

Tamara Joyner has a true heart for students and goes out of the way to remind herself, and everyone working with her, why we do the things that we do. In every way she can, she looks for ways to help students. In addition to her dedication, Tamara is kind to faculty and staff and patient in their endeavors to navigate business office policies and procedures. She is always willing to stop what she is doing to walk someone through the correct way to perform whatever they are trying to accomplish. Tamara has high expectations for documentation and expenditure compliance (such is necessary for the multi-million dollar budget she manages), but she performs her duties in such a warm way that everyone wants to meet those expectations. By working to keep processes compliant and efficient, Tamara ensures the continued operation of the college and maximizes the resources available for serving students.

2016 Staff Member of the Year: Lennie Stephenson

Lennie Stephenson, Director of Continuing Education Medical Programs, has been chosen as our Staff Member of the Year. Lennie was recognized for providing medical programs and courses for well over 10,000 students in our service areas of Harnett, Lee, and Chatham counties. She has actively recruited faculty and students for the first Nursing Assistant in Spanish course in the state. Additionally, she developed the first curriculum and taught the first courses in Healthcare Management Technology for our college and assisted with writing and managing a successful Rural Development grant for recruiting and enrolling more Hispanic/Latino students in medical programming. The system office and other colleges have benefited from her innovative programming and use of online and hybrid courses. Lastly, Lennie and her team have demonstrated a way of being able to balance providing quality programs with enrollment and retention by representing the highest FTE earned by program areas in their division.


Erin Blakeley
(919) 718-7276

Faculty of the Year

2021 Faculty Member of the Year

2021 Faculty Member of the Year Eligibility & Guidelines

2021 Faculty Member of the Year Nomination Form

2020 Faculty Member of the Year: Thadd McElreath

Thadd McElreath, Health and Fitness Science Instructor, is our 2020 Faculty Member of the Year!

Thadd McElreath's philosophy is simple: Teaching starts with relationships. At the core of this concept is the understanding that every student has a unique backstory, and deserves the best, personalized educational experience CCCC can offer. This emphasis on connecting with his students shines through in every class, in every interaction, and in every conversation.

Thadd fully embraces his roles as both an instructor and an advisor, and believes that educators are not just teaching--they are affecting people's lives. "Coach Mac" as he is known around campus, embodies what a community college employee should be; he puts his students first, above all else. The personal care and concern he invests in his instruction not only helps each student learn his department's curriculum, but also develop successfully as a whole person.

Congratulations, Thadd!

2019 Faculty Member of the Year: Gary Beasley

Congratulations to Gary Beasley on being named our Faculty Member of the Year! Gary facilitates his students' successes in myriad ways. He enthusiastically recruits prospects for his program by getting them excited about both the skills they will learn and by showing them evidence of the rewarding careers that they can enter. He provides his students with the academic foundation to learn their craft, then pushes them to be self-guided leaders and independent problem solvers. He insists that they push themselves to their limits in their coursework and labs--this makes them better technicians and valuable to the employers.

Gary understands that learning occurs both in the classroom, lab, and in the field. He organizes field trips for his students to see how the technologies they are learning to use are actually applied in manufacturing, service, and research sectors. Not many program leaders facilitate their students' travel to national conferences and to research labs in order to enhance their knowledge base and concept synthesis--Gary does.

He works with his colleagues on campus to develop opportunities for his own students to demonstrate their skills and their concepts mastery, as well welcoming students from other programs to visit the laser labs in order to learn more about how photonics impacts their lives. Gary makes his students demonstrate their lab findings to each other and in formal presentations to visiting audiences. Gary also successfully uses his industry connections to secure donations of state-of-the-art equipment from industry partners, including a recent gift of two industrial laser systems just like what our graduates will see when they work their field. The procurement value of these recent donations exceeds one million dollars. And no other associate degree program in the nation has the level of technology that Gary has procured for CCCC.

Mostly using grant funds earned through organizations such as LaserTec, Gary travels to industry and technology conferences several times each year--both as a presenter and a participant. Not only does he participate in these events to develop his own expertise, he takes students with him so that they, too, can benefit.

He has cultivated a truly incredible, world-class advisory board that ensures that his program remains state-of-the-art and also connects his students with prospective employers. He is affiliated with a myriad of industry associations that facilitate feedback to the faculty regarding teaching methods and emerging technologies. Frankly speaking, he is a celebrity in his field.

Gary goes above and beyond to advocate for his students during their job search, even going so far as to help them make travel arrangements for out-of-state interviews and by connecting them with people in his vast network of engineering professionals. Of course, Gary is also a genuinely nice fellow. He doesn't teach because he needs the money; he does it because he truly believes in the mission of educating the next generation. He's one of a kind.

2018 Faculty Member of the Year: Ginger Harris Bartholomew

Please join us as we congratulate Ginger Harris Bartholomew for being named our Faculty Member of the Year! She was chosen based on her interactions with students that focus on their development right from the beginning when she advises her students. Through this process, she discusses their academic, career, and life goals to create a unique academic plan for each student, which often includes researching universities and discussing transfer options.

Ginger's effective classroom environment that leads to motivated student learning is evident by her embracing different learning styles in the classroom and creating an environment filled with videos, hands-on activities, and interactive lectures. She uses the Smart Board technology not only to teach, but also to allow her students to become familiar with the technology to assist them once they are teaching in the classroom. By utilizing MindTap, she has been able to provide interactive content and hands-on activities in her online classes as well and this technology has resulted in a cost savings on average of $200 per course in textbook fees.

Ginger's commitment to professional development includes participating in our Leadership Through Learning First program, participating in many professional development offerings throughout the year, attending the NC-ACCESS conference semi-annually, and attending the National Association for the Education of Young Children annually. Her leadership roles beyond the classroom include being a member of our Advising committee, our QEP committee, attending the NACADA conference and coauthoring a soon to be published article in the NACADA Journal titled, "Taking a Group to the Summer Institute," just to name a few.

Her excellent job performance is supported by her establishing a free evening childcare program at the LMC for our students. She is also working toward creating a realistic classroom environment similar to what her students will experience in their first job as a teacher rather than the standard CCCC classroom they are familiar with. Through her successful community connections, Ginger has also been able to hold her program's certificate and diploma graduation at a local venue free of charge. In addition, because of the need in our local service area for educated early childhood education teachers, she has worked with Lee and Harnett counties to create training for teachers where the county will pay if the teacher's employer will not pay for early childhood training or if the student is not eligible to receive financial aid. All of this training is done through CCCC, which not only increases FTE for the college; it provides valuable training and professional development for local teachers.

We are fortunate as a college to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Ginger! Congratulations on being named our Faculty Member of the Year!

2017 Faculty Member of the Year: Bianka Stumpf

Bianka Stumpf is an excellent instructor as evident in her dynamic, but practical, hands-on teaching style, her enthusiasm and energy for teaching, and her personal interest in the welfare of each of her students. She puts a great deal of time and effort into her lessons by integrating costumes, music, food, and other extensions. She has built all of her classes to integrate primary source documents, controversial debates/case studies, and current events to make the material more relevant and engaging. She exercises a variety of management techniques considering the high percentage of LEC and CCP students in her classes.

2016 Faculty Member of the Year: Julia Herbon

Julia Herbon, Lead ESL Instructor, has been chosen as our Faculty Member of the Year. Julia was selected for being a master instructor and utilizing her ability to communicate in both English and Spanish to build a tremendous rapport with all students. Currently serving as the Hispanic Liaison, she bridges the gap between the ESL population in Chatham county and CCCC while providing students with a purpose toward their successful development. It is no surprise that her retention and EFL percentages are near 100% and two of her former students are now successful instructors in her department. Julia also fosters team work and collaboration by sharing text books, ideas, and teaching techniques for improving their instruction, retention, and educational goals with her ESL instructors. She also created a learning blog for her department which supplements classroom instruction and provides a forum for students and teachers to post comments and share projects and accomplishments. For the past three years, Julia has been awarded $30,000 each year for the EL/Civics Grant. Much of this grant has been used to fund the ESL Computer Literacy class and curriculum for our three county serve area as well as providing training for staff in using technology in the classroom.


Erin Blakeley
(919) 718-7276

Adjunct of the Year

2021 Adjunct of the Year

2021 Adjunct of the Year Eligibility & Guidelines

2021 Adjunct of the Year Nomination Form


This award is given to recognize part-time faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers with a track record of increasing student learning and promoting instructional improvements for their programs/departments.

2020 Adjunct of the Year: Jamie Owensby

Jamie Owensby, Adjunct Math and Science Instructor, is our 2020 Adjunct of the Year! Jamie has been an adjunct instructor for CCCC for over 10 years. She understands that students have very different needs and priorities, so she goes out of her way to connect with each and every student to identify those needs and priorities.

Not only does Jamie work hard for the students, but she is willing to do whatever is needed to support her department as well. When an instructor left unexpectedly, Jamie stepped up and took extra classes allowing the courses to continue to meet at their regular times. In addition, over the last several years, Jamie has taken it on herself to organize the chemistry stock room and make it much more user friendly. She has created a "kit" for almost every lab in 130, 151 and 152. This saves lab instructors so much time and makes new instructors feel much more confident by eliminating an overbearing amount of lab prep. Furthermore, Jamie goes out of her way to meet with any new lab instructors and show them the lab. She continually checks on them and they trust her and value her input.

For these reasons and many more, we're thrilled to congratulate Jamie on being named the Adjunct of the Year!

2019 Adjunct of the Year: Michelle Patterson

Michelle Patterson is an amazing person and instructor. She helps our faculty as a lab assistant in the Parasitology class. She will help set up for labs, practicals, and assists the students. She also tutors the students. She not only tutors the first years, but the second-year students as well. She has set up mock practicals, held group and individual student tutor sessions, and has also come in early to accommodate the students' schedules.

In addition to the parasitology class, she also assists in the clinical practice labs with the second-year students. Michelle also teaches two online classes for her program. Michelle is kind, patient, knowledgeable, and really cares about our students' success. She has a vast knowledge base and is able to assist and tutor in just about all of the classes we offer which makes her exceptional.

Michelle is a rare find and is very much deserving of this award as adjunct of the year.

2018 Adjunct of the Year: Henry Steve Womack

Congratulations to Henry Steve Womack for being named our Adjunct of the Year! Steve has provided our college with his expertise in Athletic Training and Instruction for the past two years by teaching a HEA 112 class in which students receive both their American Heart Association and Red Cross CPR and First Aid credentials. Not only are they receiving credit for the class (which currently has a 100% pass rate in both years taught), but the students are receiving four credentials to place on their resumes. Subsequently, Steve is instructing students on how to save lives.

Steve currently teaches in the Health and Fitness Science curriculum providing instruction in Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries. His classroom is very kinesthetic in that he provides lectures, use of websites, videos, the white board, and active lab opportunities whereby students utilize athletic tape for prevention of injuries as well as post-trauma for athletic participation.

A former high school English teacher at Lee Senior, Steve has been on the sideline of most every sport offered at Lee Senior and lends a hand as an athletic trainer at men's basketball at CCCC. His contributions go beyond our classroom as he arrives early for office hours, meets with other instructors or the Program Director every day he is on campus, and subsequently arranges for his students to observe sporting events so they can be in attendance for any type of "real world" trauma an athlete experiences. Students report back in their HFS core classes that they can easily blend what is being instructed in Steve's classes to the material being presented in their HFS and BIO classes.

2017 Adjunct of the Year: Kelly Cash

Kelly Cash provides a variety of teaching methods to reach her students. She involves the students in discussion, stimulates critical thinking in her students, and challenges them to work and achieve. Her students are well prepared for the next level of instruction. Kelly has worked with full-time faculty to write guidelines for teaching Anatomy and Physiology. She is organized and thorough, engaging, energetic, passionate, and focused on active learning. She gives over and above the amount of time required for office hours and helping students.

2016 Adjunct of the Year: Shelby Parrott

Shelby Parrott has been recognized as Central Carolina Community College's Adjunct of the Year. Parrott, of Carthage, is a member of the Dental Programs Adjunct Faculty.

"Shelby is the perfect selection for Central Carolina Community College's first adjunct faculty of the year award. Shelby embodies the CCCC mission, vision, and values," said Lisa Baker Godfrey, CCCC Dean of Health Sciences. "She is both a CCCC Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene graduate who has returned to CCCC Dental Programs as a faculty member. Students express that Shelby is able to explain patient situations in a way that allows them to grow and provide optimal patient care. She always makes them feel encouraged. Shelby always strives to educate the students while providing top-notch patient care."

Parrott said her coworkers kept her selection as a secret, so she was very surprised. "I didn't even know I had been nominated," said Parrott, who graduated from CCCC Dental Assisting in 2009 and CCCC Dental Hygiene in 2011. "... I love being an Adjunct and I am so thankful every day that I chose this career. Then to have the college recognize me on this level, it's an amazing feeling. I was extremely honored to receive this award."

Parrott began as a CCCC adjunct instructor in January 2013. "As an adjunct, and along with the other faculty, I'm able to work with the students and guide them into this career. I love my career and my goal is always to share this with the students," said Parrott. "At the close of each spring semester, I hate to see the second year students leave, but it's always so great when they leave with excitement and a passion for dental hygiene."


Erin Blakeley
(919) 718-7276

Advisor of the Year

2021 Excellence in Advising

2021 Excellence in Advising Eligibility & Guidelines

2021 Excellence in Advising Nomination Form

2020 Excellence in Advising: Dr. Carl Bryan

Dr. Carl Bryan, Health and Fitness Science Department Chair, is our Advisor of the Year! Dr. Bryan is an incredible advocate for his advisees, both internally at CCCC and externally to countless outside colleges/universities and places of business. His positive attitude and passion for student success are incredibly contagious. He creates self-belief for students and increases self-esteem for students who previously had not even believed in themselves. He is a master motivator who can take an average student and transform them into a high achieving student.

Carl takes the time to listen to each and every student, regardless of whether the concern is directly related to his department. He works very hard to make CCCC a place where every student feels welcome, comfortable, and like they are a genuine part of a team. He inspires others with his energy and enthusiasm, creating the type of camaraderie that breeds overwhelming success and healthy relationships.

When advising students, he ensures that they are on the best path for both their academic and career goals, encouraging them to dream bigger than they ever imagined possible. He goes above and beyond to ensure that not only their academic needs are met, but also their personal needs. He will stop at nothing to ensure that each student has everything they need to be successful.

Carl embodies all of the qualities that we wish to see in our advisors, and we are very excited to name him our 2020 Advisor of the Year!

2019 Excellence in Advising: Dr. Lora Witcher

Lora Witcher is seen by students and faculty alike as someone who deeply cares about student success. She is passionate about teaching and advising. She establishes a great rapport with her advisees and makes them feel that this college experience is a joint effort between the advisee and her.

She embodies the college's advising philosophy that advising is an ongoing relationship between the student and advisor, that advising should be a teaching and learning experience, and it should be focused on a student's goals. Lora will admit that she doesn't know every nuance of every institutional policy, but she is not afraid to ask and to call until she can get an answer for a student. She has taken on an additional role of advising students who are part of NC State University's C3 program, which has required an additional time commitment and extra training, but she willingly and enthusiastically does this because it helps more students.

For these reasons and many more, Lora Witcher is the winner of our Excellence in Advising award for 2019.

2018 Excellence in Advising: Ty Stumpf and Emma Belcher

Congratulations to Ty Stumpf for being named our Advisor of the Year! Ty has been an advisor in the Associate in Arts program since 2001 and has been the program's chair since 2009. In his capacity as chair, Ty trains incoming A.A. advisors; he distributes materials to them and mentors them as needed. In addition, Ty facilitates numerous welcome sessions each year for our new A.A. students. Now with almost a 17-year tenure of A.A. advising at CCCC, Ty has become a de facto A.A. advising encyclopedia, knowing well the requirements but also recommendations for transfer to specific institutions and programs. In addition to his regular advising and training load in fall and spring semesters, Ty has been a main, and in earlier years, even a sole faculty A.A. advisor in summer semesters. Thank you Ty for the knowledge, time, patience, and energy you share with our students and for that, we congratulate you as our Advisor of the Year!

As we continue to recognize effective advising and focusing on this initiative as a college, we are fortunate to offer this award to two Advisors of the Year. The next advisor we need to congratulate is Emma Belcher! Emma is an excellent example of how an advisor should approach the advising process, which at times can be an overwhelming and daunting task for both the advisor and the student. Emma constitutes an unselfish devotion to our students by contributing to their success by offering guidance as they begin their journey with us at CCCC. She provides a great example of what we are looking for in advising by always being willing to go the extra mile and meeting students where they are at a time that is convenient for them. She realizes that our students' schedules vary and makes it a point to accommodate their needs. Emma uses our advising model to truly get to know her advisees by asking questions, finding their goals, passions, and ways she can assist them with navigating the college experience.

2017 Excellence in Advising: Stephanie Whitaker and Thadd McElreath

Stephanie Whitaker does an excellent job of recruiting students and helping them find the program that best fits their interest. She interacts well with students at various events and represents the college in a positive way.

Thadd McElreath is highly regarded as an extraordinary faculty advisor. Thadd excels in the role of advising because he truly cares for and invests in each student and enjoys the role of student advocate. On multiple occasions, Thadd has helped students untangle complicated transfer situations so that they can smoothly enter senior institutions.

2016 Excellence in Advising: Holly Schofield and Pam Riddle

Please join the Advising Committee as we congratulate Holly Schofield and Pam Riddle as our winners of the new Excellence in Advising award. Both were recognized on Friday during the All Curriculum/Student Learning meeting and will be congratulated college-wide during our PD Day on Dec. 14.


Erin Blakeley
(919) 718-7276

Cougar Champion of the Year

2020 Cougar Champion of the Year

Congratulations to David Haire, Network Administrator, on being named our 2020 Cougar Champion of the Year!

While 2020 and the pandemic have brought challenges for us all, we decided to use it as an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary work so many of our colleagues were doing above and beyond their normal duties. We recognized many people across the college throughout the first several months of the pandemic through our Cougar Champions program, and felt that along with our other annual awards, we needed an official Cougar Champion of the Year.

David Haire epitomizes the type of college employee you want to work with and have work for you. He has gone above and beyond during the recent pandemic to ensure employees and students have access to the resources they need to complete their duties/tasks. He is excellent at troubleshooting issues or researching innovative ways to meet overwhelming demands for technology with limited resources, both financial and personnel.

In addition to his regular duties, David still finds time to voluntarily assist with duties that are outside of his job responsibilities, including within the IT department, the college overall, and the community in general. This has been extremely evident during the COVID-19 crisis as he has assisted many employees and students with their teleworking needs. The college would have had a much harder time working through the pandemic stresses without David's commitment and expertise. One of the major challenges of the pandemic, for both our students and employees, has been reliable internet access. David worked tirelessly to test and implement the public WiFi now available in many college parking lot areas in order to support our community with this specific challenge. As new demands presented themselves or directions changed, David adapted and moved forward with a positive attitude. We could not have continued to do our jobs effectively or support our students throughout the pandemic without David. Thank you for your dedication to the College and our community! Congratulations, David!


Erin Blakeley
(919) 718-7276

OER Course Development Proposals

OER Course Development Proposals

In order to aid our students by improving the affordability of a college degree, Central Carolina Community College announces the availability of funds to develop a course that utilizes Open Educational Resources (OER). Proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 13, 2020 and will be reviewed by a panel and courses for development selected before April 1, 2020. Selected courses must follow all guidelines listed below or no payment will be made to the developer. Please complete the following form and submit before the deadline.

Course must be ready for use prior to start of Fall 2020 semester

Submit an OER Proposal

Faculty Advancement Funds


The vision for Central Carolina Community College is to be a nationally recognized, world-class leader which provides opportunities that contribute to economic progress and cultural enrichment for students and communities we serve. To empower faculty to take an active role in achieving this ideal, Central Carolina offers financial assistance to full-time faculty members to attend nationally/regionally-recognized professional development workshops, conferences, and/or seminars. Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Advancement Funds Committee and are prioritized for funding allocation using the guidelines provided below.

Before submitting your faculty advancement funds application, you are required to discuss your idea with your department chair and dean.

Faculty Advancement Funds Packet


Rodney Powell

2019 - 2020 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Constance Boahn - Red Hat Training - Las Vegas
  • Yunqiu Song - NC3ADL - Cary, NC
  • Catherine Entrocaso - League of Innovation - Seattle, WA
  • Mariann Woodward - NCGTS - Salter Path, NC
  • Charity Turner - NCMATYC - Pinehurst, NC
  • Jessica Brown - Anatomy in Clay - Asheville, NC
2018 - 2019 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Chris Bailey - Healthcare Simulation Training - Knoxville, TN
  • Mike Fann - National State Leadership Summit - Salt Lake City, UT
  • David Flatley - Now/Next Learning Conference - Nashville, TN
  • Fred Fritz - NC Great Teachers Seminar - Salter Path, NC
  • Jeff Gannon - Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity - Pittsboro, NC
  • Dr. Jessica Holt - Expo - Orlando, FL
  • Kelly Klug - Resilience - Philadelphia, PA
  • Dustin Nichols - NC Great Teachers Seminar - Salter Path, NC
  • Erika Parker - NCHIMA Quad-state Annual Meeting - Myrtle Beach, FL
  • Fernanda Perry - NC Great Teachers Seminar - Salter Path, NC
  • Elizabeth Ryan - NC Great Teachers Seminar - Salter Path, NC
  • Holly Schofield - Resilience - Philadelphia, PA
  • Amber Thomas - ECU Student Success - Greenville, NC
2017 - 2018 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Markita McCrimmon - Southern Criminal Justice Conf. - New Orleans, LA
  • Matt Smith - Professional Counselors Assn. - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Erika Parker - Great Teachers - Salter Path, NC
  • Krystal Lee - Great Teachers - Salter Path, NC
  • Zan Thornton - NCCER Instructor Certification - Charlotte, NC
  • Emma Belcher - Great Teachers - Salter Path, NC
  • Jessica Brown - Human Anatomy and Physiology Society - Columbus OH
  • Vicky Wesner - NC Dental Society - Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Vicky Wesner - ADHA Annual Meeting - Columbus, OH
2016 - 2017 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Robin Kohanowich - Sustainable Ag Educators Conference - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Barbara Campbell - Leadership in Higher Education Conference - Atlanta, GA
  • Vicky Wesner - The Teaching Professor Technology Conference - Atlanta, GA
  • Emily Barrick - Certified Coder Boot Camp - Charleston, SC
  • Denise Martin - E-Learning: ICD-10-PCS Intermediate Bundle - Online
  • Becky Finken - North Carolina Great Teachers Seminar - Salter Path, NC
  • Dixie Holden - INACSL-CAE Healthcare Simulation Fellowship - Washington, DC
  • Melissa Fogarty - CPC Exam Prep (Medical Coding Exam Prep) - Online
  • Ginger Harris Bartholomew - NAEYC 2017 Professional Learning Institute - San Francisco, CA
  • Bianka Stumpf - NC Museum of History Lecture - Raleigh, NC
  • Regina Minter - 2017 Leadership Conference - Myrtle Beach, SC
  • John Ainsworth - Programming for Network Engineers - Online
  • Mike Murray - Programming for Network Engineers - Online
  • Mark DiBurro - ADHA Annual Conference - Jacksonville, FL
  • Danielle Bruner - ADHA Annual Conference - Jacksonville, FL
  • Jessica Brown - HAPS Annual Conference - Salt Lake City, UT
2015 - 2016 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Tony Baker - BICSI Conference - Las Vegas, NV
  • Consuela Blaizes - Nursing Education Research Conference: Research as a Catalyst for Transformative Practice - Bethesda, MD
  • Scott Byington - NACADA Conference - Las Vegas NV
  • Ben Cole - Autodesk University Training Seminar for AutoDesk Vault - Las Vegas, NV
  • Robert Hammond - NC3ADL Conference - Raleigh, NC
  • Shawna Jones - North Carolina Great Teachers Seminar - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
  • Robin Kohanowich - Carolina Farm Stewardship Conference - Durham, NC
  • Denise Martin - Department Chair Institute - Raleigh, NC
  • Arlen Mills - NCASAM Great Smokies Veterinary Conference - Asheville, NC
  • Fernanda Perry - NC Dental Society Annual Session - Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Bianka Stumpf - National Archives On-Site Professional Development Workshop - New York City, NY
  • Vicky Wesner - NC Dental Society Annual Session - Myrtle Beach, SC
2016 - 2017 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Emily Barrick - Certified Coder Boot Camp - Charleston, SC
  • Barbara Campbell - Leadership in Higher Education Conference - Atlanta, GA
  • Robin Kohanowich - Sustainable Agriculture Educators Conference - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Denise Martin - E-Learning: ICD-10-PCS Intermediate Bundle - Online Training
  • Vicky Wesner - The Teaching Professor Technology Conference - Atlanta, GA
2014 - 2015 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners

The Center for Academic Excellence have awarded 2014 - 2015 Faculty Advancements Funds to the following:

  • Lisa Key Brown - National Association of Developmental Education - Greenville, SC
  • Dixie Holden - Teaching Professor Conference - Atlanta, GA
  • Arlen Mills - Annual Conference of the American Animal Hospital Association - Tampa, FL
  • Regina Minter - Cafe Leadership Conference - Niagara Falls, NY
  • Anjanette Porter - 22nd Annual North Carolina Great Teachers Seminar - Hendersonville, NC
  • Bianka Stumpf - Shun Yen and Two Workshops - Raleigh, NC and Online
  • Ty Stumpf - Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop - Online Workshop
  • Vicky Wesner - 2015 Allied Dental Program Directors Conference - Austin, TX
  • Jessica "Jimmy" Wilson - Regional Hands-on Pork Butchery Class - Durham, NC

Learning Grant


Grant funds are available to faculty members who have identified instructional needs and can demonstrate a commitment to student learning outcomes. Grant applications may be submitted by individuals or groups who are full-time or part-time faculty members of Central Carolina Community College. A total of $700 in grant funds is available.

Grants will be awarded using a competitive selection process. Grant applications were due on October 31, 2018 by 3:30 p.m. and all activities must be completed by May 25, 2019.

2019-2020 CTL Learning Grant Packet


Emily Hare

2017 - 2018 Learning Grants
  • Bianka Stumpf $240, Universal Yums
  • Harnett Library $500, Anatomy and Physiology Models
2014 - 2015 Learning Grants

The Center for Academic Excellence awarded two 2014 - 2015 Learning Grants with funds made possible through the Marvin R. Joyner Endowment.

  • Dr. Kris Walters Herring, $250 – Jack Skellington in the Classroom (Biology)
  • Bianka Stumpf, $500 – A Millennium Experience for Millennials (History)

Perkins Mini-Grants

The Carl D. Perkins Act aims to increase the quality of technical education within the United States in order to help the economy. Central Carolina Community College has allocated funding this year for faculty Mini-Grants. The purpose of these grants is to provide upgraded technology to CTE Programs (including Health Sciences) to better teach technical skills in the classroom. The Center for Academic Excellence will collect applications until December 1 at which point we will meet and discuss the merits of each (each project has a limit of $2,500).

Carl D. Perkins Act Grant


Rodney Powell