Red Rocks Community College News Release
RRCC Foundation Awards 2011-2013 Swede Johnson/Coors Foundation Teaching Chair to Fawn Oates, Psychology Faculty
Lakewood CO--Fawn Oates has been selected as the Swede Johnson/Coors Foundation Teaching Chair for 2011-2013. The RRCC Foundation Teaching Chair Program, the only multi-year faculty award in the Colorado Community College System, is a meaningful way of recognizing and awarding outstanding faculty. The Mike Leprino Family Foundation and Coors Brewing Company endowed the first two chairs in 2001.
A member of the Psychology Department faculty for the past five years, Fawn consistently brings an incredible level of commitment and enthusiasm to her classroom each day. Her dynamic teaching style was captured in the following student review, “I liked how the instructor was involved with the students. The class was always fun and it made me want to go to her class.”
Fawn is committed to expanding opportunities for her students inside and outside of the classroom. In her own words, “Being a good teacher means going outside the box. Sometimes that means making life inside the classroom more interesting, and sometimes it means going outside the classroom completely.” In addition to teaching five or more classes each semester, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Role Playing Club, Community Film Club, and the Peopleology Club (formerly the Psychology Club). She routinely arranges for field trips, such as visiting a nearby mortuary and the city morgue while teaching a unit on death and dying, and since 2009 she has coordinated and led a study abroad program to Europe.
Recipients of a RRCC Teaching Chair Award are selected from full-time faculty following a portfolio review and initial screening by a panel of faculty representatives. The panel then forwards a list of finalists to the RRCC Foundation Board of Directors for final selection. Each recipient is awarded a three-year salary enhancement of $5,000 per year in addition to $2,500 per year for professional development.
Since 1969, (http://www.rrcc.edu/about/history.html) Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) has delivered quality education to students of all ages and backgrounds. RRCC offers more than 300 programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates and serves over 14,000 students per year at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada, Colorado.