Teaching Chair Program

Student success is directly influenced by faculty excellence. Red Rocks Community College strives to deliver an exceptional educational experience to all students by recruiting, recognizing, and rewarding exceptional faculty. 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 and Coors Brewing Company endowed the first two chairs in 2001.

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.

Faculty may download a nomination form or application packet or pick one up in person at the Foundation Office (room 1133).

An Endowed Teaching Chair may be established with a gift or pledge of $100,000 and continues in perpetuity. A Named Teaching Chair may be established with a gift of $22,500. Teaching Chair donors are recognized in many ways for their generous support of faculty and educational excellence. Donor recognition includes naming rights, permanent recognition on the Teaching Chair wall at the RRCC Lakewood campus, recognition in RRCC publications, and an invitation to the Foundation's annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon. For more information regarding making a donation in support of the Teaching Chair Program, contact RRCC Foundation Executive Director Ron Slinger at 303.914.6417.

Teaching Chair Application Packet pdf

Past Teaching Chair Recipients

Teaching Chair Information and Timeline pdf

Teaching Chair Nomination Form