Ivy Tech Lafayette instructors receive awards for excellence

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– Two Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette faculty members received the McAllister Excellence In Teaching award for their excellence in the classroom. Instructors are nominated by students and chosen by a peer committee. The award symbolizes demonstrated competency, hard work and determination.

Bruce Delaplane received the McAllister Excellence In Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty. Delaplane began teaching at the college in 2006 as Chair of the Elementery/Secondary Education program. He effectively manages the program and teaches several Education courses. Delaplane intentionally fosters a collaborative atmosphere in his classes, not only student-student but also student-instructor. He helps students understand that they are an essential part of the classroom.

“Ownership of the class is an important aspect to help students want to learn,” Delaplane said. He fosters student learning by following the belief that “you don’t just learn to do, you will do to learn.”

Open, accepting and compassionate are ways that his students describe his teaching style. Individually, Delaplane volunteers for a variety of community organizations that involve area youth and educators. In addition, his students have participated in the Access to Success mentoring program in Lafayette city schools.

Delaplane received a commemorative plaque, a professional development grant, and a $1000 monetary award presented by the McAllister Foundation. He will represent the Lafayette region as a candidate for the statewide Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction.

Danielle White received the McAllister Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty. White began teaching part-time in 1999 in the Academic Skills Advancement department, teaching writing and reading. In addition to ASA courses, she currently teaches in the Early Childhood Education program and in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She utilizes the four common teaching methods in her class – kinetic (hands-on), auditory (lecture), reading, and visual examples – to ensure that all students are able to process and understand the material. She incorporates music, YouTube videos, Legos and historic presidential speeches into her curriculum.

Service learning is also an important component of White’s lesson plan, engaging students in community projects that include establishing recycling programs in students’ apartment complexes and distributing food to local food pantries. Her students describe her as encouraging, approachable, extremely fair, but firm, with a contagious personality.

White received a commemorative plaque and a $1000 monetary award presented by the McAllister Foundation.

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