ASC Provost Office announces the Presidential Teacher Award recipients

(04-30-2010)

Adams State College awarded Dr. Tracy Doyle, associate chair of music; Dr. Clarence Parks, professor of sociology; and Dr. Stephen C. Roberds, associate professor of government; the Presidential Teacher Award, recognizing outstanding undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring, at the annual Employee Celebration Ceremony on April 28.

Doyle, completing her fifth year at Adams State, teaches music education courses and applied flute lessons in addition to serving as associate chair of the department. She initiated the Music for Kids program this semester and is writing a grant to expand the class for La Puente Pals. Working with the School of Business, she designed a new music business emphasis, to be launched in the fall. Doyle is the club adviser for Collegiate Music Educator National Conference (CMENC) and serves on the ALMA board.

"I am grateful to the students in the music department who inspire me every day and who make this the best job anyone could hope to have," Doyle said. "I love teaching and it is a privilege to be honored in this way."

Roberds joined the History/Government/Philosophy faculty in 2007. He teaches a variety of government courses as well as the general education courses in American Government and World Civilization. He recently published an article on public opinion and voting in Utah, presented two papers at regional conferences, and presented the research as part of the ASC Faculty Lecture Series. He founded and now is the advisor to the Alpha Zeta Kappa, the local chapter of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.

"I am flattered and honored to have been nominated by students and selected by the student committee as a recipient of the prestigious award," Roberds said. "I am particularly honored given the high quality of faculty nominated this year and in previous years. I strive to be an asset to ASC and local community and pledge that I will continue to try to meet the needs of students and the institution."

Parks, a member of the Adams State sociology faculty for 27 years, said he is humbled by the award. He teaches a variety of courses in sociology and says his favorite is sociology of the blues, a course he developed "out of my love for all aspects of blues music." Parks, himself, is a musician and plays with a local group the "Last Chance Band."

Parks is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind people in America. "We are currently, among many other programs, actively encouraging young blind people to enter the teaching profession," Parks said. "I am compiling what I have learned in my forty years as a blind teacher into documents which may help young blind teachers quickly learn things about their situation that took me decades to master." Parks just finished a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel about a blind young man, "sort of a David Copperfield who runs into things."

Park's son, daughter-in-law, and wife all received their degrees from Adams State. "ASC is growing and prospering because it is composed of good people caring about other good people," he said. "I am a true believer in education and life."

By Linda Relyea