Anderson receives VCs 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award
Jona Anderson
Victoria College President Dr. David Hinds, left, congratulates VC Professor of Music & Fine Arts Department Chair Jona Anderson, who was chosen the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award.
Victoria College Professor of Music & Fine Arts Department Chair Jona Anderson was named the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award during VC’s spring commencement ceremony.

The award, presented by the Victoria College Foundation, honors excellence, promotes effective teaching and recognizes exceptional faculty for their contributions to student learning through classroom teaching.

Nominees for the award are judged on resumes, student evaluations and letters of recommendation from students, faculty members and others.

“The coolest part about this award is the initial nominations come from the students,” Anderson said. “You’re always curious as to how good of a job you’re doing in the classroom. To be nominated tells you you’re doing a good job.”

“Jona is very deserving of the award,” said VC President Dr. David Hinds. “He embodies what VC is all about.”

One member of the selection committee, VC biology instructor Alejandro Enriquez, said there was a strong list of nominees to choose from.

“I would have to say all the candidates were exceptionally worthy of the award,” Enriquez said. “Probably the biggest boost to Jona was the breadth and strength of support for his candidacy from his own students, which is not to say that any other candidate didn't have many strong voices in their favor as well, of course, but his stood out.”

Anderson also won the award in 2005.

“It’s not easy. The faculty on this campus are outstanding,” Anderson said. “There are so many folks who are deserving of this award. It’s difficult first of all to just be nominated. Then they weed through all the data and information to pick an individual. I don’t know how they do it, because there are just so many great people here."
Published: Wednesday, 01 June 2016

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