Ivy Tech presents instructional excellence award to Gary Instructor

INDIANAPOLIS – A Gary educator with 17 years of teaching experience has been selected by Ivy Tech Community College as this year’s recipient of the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction.  The award is Ivy Tech’s highest honor for a faculty member.

The selection of Deborah L. Stipp, Social Sciences regional department chair and associate professor at the Gary campus, was announced at the close of a two-day event for recipients of the College’s annual President’s Awards to outstanding faculty. From that field of 14 regional winners, one is chosen for the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award. The honor includes a $1,000 stipend for instructional equipment and a $5,000 personal development grant.

Stipp began teaching at Ivy Tech’s Gary campus in 1997.  Her contributions to Ivy Tech include assisting in online course development through the College’s statewide distance learning department and co-developing several initial statewide single version courses. She has also worked with Valparaiso University, Purdue University North Central and Calumet College of St. Joseph on articulation agreements in the area of Liberal Arts.

“Deb is very passionate about teaching and learning. She cares deeply about her students and genuinely wants to make a difference in their lives. Deb truly understands the community college student and what it takes to engage individuals in both face-to-face and online learning environments,” said Margaret Semmer, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Success, Northwest and North Central Regions.

Stipp received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Purdue University Calumet. She then went on to receive her Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences (Psychology) from Valparaiso University. Stipp also has certifications and training in life coaching and hypnotherapy. Before teaching at Ivy Tech, Stipp worked in mental health facilities, substance abuse recovery settings, elementary school social work, and her own private practice.

The Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award is named in honor of Ivy Tech’s fourth president, Glenn W. Sample, who also had served on its first board of trustees, co-founded Ivy Tech Foundation, and was the Foundation board’s first chairman. Ivy Tech established the award shortly after Sample’s death in 1980.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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