An English professor, a communications professor who is director of speech and debate, and a music instructor are the 2007 Exceptional Faculty honorees at Clark College.
The awards to Dr. Marylynne Diggs, David Kosloski and April Brookins Duvic were announced by Clark College President Robert K. Knight during the college’s 2007 commencement ceremony at the Clark County Amphitheatre on June 14.
The honorees were nominated by colleagues and students in recognition of the high level of their accomplishments.
2007 Exceptional Faculty Award Honorees
English professor Dr. Marylynne Diggs has said, “Teaching is my passion, and there is no higher honor in this profession than being recognized by one’s students, peers and institution.” Dr. Diggs teaches English, American literature, and humanities at Clark College. Colleagues credit her for broadening the range of classes offered by the Clark College English Department. She has served on the planning committee for the Clark College Women’s Conference, served on the college’s Instructional Planning Team (IPT) committee and is currently serving as co-chair for one of the accreditation standards as part of the college’s 2008 accreditation process. Colleagues say that Dr. Diggs’ “service to the college in assessment, accreditation, and curriculum is unparalleled.”
David Kosloski is professor of communication studies and director of speech and debate at Clark College. He currently teaches public speaking and competitive speaking and debate. He has also served as the chair of the college curriculum committee. In 2006, he received the Judge Educator Award during the Northwest Forensics Conference in recognition for his outstanding performance as a coach and judge at speech and debate tournaments. One of his nominators described David Kosloski as “a role model for fair and unbiased leadership....he creates a safe and supportive environment to practice a skill that unnerves many people in the outside world. Dave is available for any student who needs assistance, sometimes for more than just speech-related issues.”
April Brookins Duvic is now a two-time recipient of college’s Exceptional Faculty Award for an adjunct faculty member, having received the award in 2001 and again in 2007. April Duvic teaches applied voice, music education, and music appreciation at the college. She is director of the acclaimed Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble, which has performed in China, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. In nominating April Duvic for the Exceptional Faculty Award, one writer noted, “April Duvic challenges performance focus by providing students platforms to season their abilities to perform with the challenges live audiences can present.” That writer added, “Ms. Duvic’s constant focus to learn with an open heart is commendable.”