MCC recognizes faculty excellence in teaching with Endowed Teaching Chair awards

Endowed Teaching Chairs: Diana Breed, R.N. and Elizabeth “Bootsie” Martinez

Head and shoulders image of Diana Breed, R.N. Endowed Teaching Chair Diana Breed, R.N. MESA, Arizona – June 23, 2021– Mesa Community College (MCC) recognizes faculty for excellence in teaching and learning with Endowed Teaching Awards.

Faculty members Diana Breed, R.N. and Elizabeth “Bootsie” Martinez, receive Endowed Teaching Chair awards for excellence in instruction and demonstrated engagement in innovative and effective teaching practices.

Breed, residential Nursing faculty, is the recipient of the Endowed Teaching Chair Award for residential faculty, receiving $15,000 over three years.

“I am overwhelmed and so thankful,” said Breed. “I have loved teaching here at MCC for the past 18 years and understand the significance of this honor.

Martinez, adjunct Administration of Justice Studies (AJS) faculty, is the recipient of the Endowed Teaching Chair Award for adjunct faculty, receiving $2,000 over two years.

Head and shoulders image of Elizabeth “Bootsie” Martinez Endowed Teaching Chair Elizabeth “Bootsie” Martinez “I love the AJS Department, and I am so enthusiastic about teaching our students,” said Martinez. “Mesa Community College has been amazing to me since I moved here in 2016 and began teaching in AJS. I look forward to more opportunities to be of service to the students and to the college.”

Awards were presented to honorees in separate small, surprise, virtual gatherings in May 2021.

The endowment was established with funding from private donors and employees and matching funds were provided by the U.S. Department of Education through MCC’s Title III Foundations for Student Success grant. MCC’s Office of Development coordinated this philanthropic effort with support from the Foundations for Student Success. The awards for residential and adjunct faculty focus on recognizing and rewarding teaching excellence and demonstrate MCC’s commitment to quality instruction.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 23, 2021