Wallace State’s Dana Adams named recipient of inaugural AACC’s Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award

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Dana Adams will be presented with the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award at the AACC annual convention on April 28-May 1.

HANCEVILLE –  Wallace State math instructor Dana Adams has been named a recipient of the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award, as presented by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Adams is one of only 50 community college instructors across the United States to earn the designation.

“It’s a huge honor to know our administration believes I do a lot of good things for Wallace State and our students, even though I don’t think I do anything beyond what the rest of our great faculty does,” Adams said. “I’m excited and blessed to be among the first recipients.”

Adams, who has taught at Wallace State for 10 years and is an alum of the college, is among the faculty leaders in instructional innovation. She has been instrumental with developing Wallace State’s Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA), Accelerated Math Program (AMP) and is the college’s Instructional Coach for faculty.

Dr. Beth Bownes Johnson, Wallace State’s dean of Academic Affairs, nominated Adams for the award.

“Dana was awarded the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award because of her demonstrated passion for student success, both inside and outside of the classroom. She shares this enthusiasm and her innovative pedagogy with peers through her role as Instructional Coach.  Dana also developed one of our first Accelerated Math Programs (AMP) in order to streamline students through developmental studies and to increase the likelihood of completion and graduation.  It is a privilege and pleasure to work with someone so dedicated to our mission here at Wallace State,” Johnson said.

The Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award was established to celebrate individuals making a difference at their college.

Criteria for Adams and other nominees included:

  • Demonstrating passion for the students and the classroom.
  • Showing a willingness to support students, inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Being in inclined to participate in college committees.
  • Going above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors.

Adams will be recognized by the AACC at its annual convention in Dallas on April 28-May 1.

For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu.