Associate Program receives national
In 1999 the Associate Program was granted an “award for excellence”
as part of the prestigious Hesburgh Award process sponsored by the
Teachers Insurance Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities
Fund (TIAA-CREF). TIAA-CREF is the largest national retirement
system for teachers in the United States. As part of their
association with higher education the organization sponsors a
national award for meritorious programs in professional development
and teaching improvement. Father Hesburgh, for whom the award is
named, was an immensely respected educator and president of Notre
Dame for thirty-five years.
The Hesburgh Award, which carries a stipend of $30,000, was awarded
that year to Georgia Tech. In addition, there are three annual
awards for excellence in the field of professional development.
These awards went to State University of New York-Stonybrook, the
University of Delaware, and College of the Canyons. College of the
Canyons was particularly pleased to be in the company of such major
Very few institutions in the country offer professional development
specifically designed for adjunct instructors. We are pleased to be
in the forefront of this movement and we hope that this award and
our example will influence other colleges to address the need to
expand professional opportunities for part-time faculty members.
Other past recognition and acknowledgements:
In 2002 the program was also awarded the “Celebrating the Way
California Learns” award by the Community College League of
California as recognition for distinguished work in the area of
In 2007 the COC professional development program received an award
for excellence from the National Council for Staff, Program and
Organizational Development (NCSPOD). The work of the Associate
Program was included in the college submission for this award.