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Glendale Community College proudly recognizes eight adjunct faculty members who were recently named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty for Fall 2012 by the Maricopa Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA):

Raymond Baesler, Department of Communication & World Languages;
Jeannie Berg, Department of Art;
Janeth Franklin, Department of Technology & Consumer Sciences;
Doina Mosoianu, Department of English, Reading, Journalism & Creative Writing;
Debra Nolen, Department of Nursing;
Francine Richter, Department of Religious Studies & Philosophy;
Stephanie Sawyer, Department of Fitness & Wellness;
Glen Taylor, Department of Social Sciences.

Recognized for innovative classroom teaching techniques and dedication to student success, many of these eight instructors also serve on programs and committees at GCC and within the Maricopa Community College District.

The AFA recognizes outstanding MCCCD adjunct faculty twice a year through a multiple-stage process that includes self-assessment, a detailed descriptive application and two or more recommendations. Applicants must meet criteria in the areas of pedagogy, assessment, enrichment, development, and professionalism. From a field of 437 self-assessment applications, a total of 24 adjunct faculty received the Fall 2012 award.


In November, Glendale Community College resident faculty Dr. Pamela Joraanstad was voted “Most Inspirational Professor” by students in the NAU/GCC Communication bachelor’s of science degree program. Awarded by members of the NAU chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (the National Communication Association’s honor society at four-year colleges and universities), students recognized Joraanstad for “outstanding contributions to students and staff.”

Joraanstad serves as Assistant Chair, Communication and teaches courses in the 2+2 NAU/GCC partnership program.


GCC Communication professor Kirt Shineman’s play “Germs and Viruses” has been selected as one of three finalists to be presented at the upcoming Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Feb. 14-16, 2013.

In November Shineman won the National Communication Association (NCA) Community College Section election for Chair. NCA is one of the largest professional organizations in communication and education in the US.  The Community College Section is a division of the National Communication Association. Its members are passionate supporters of quality communication education in two-year U.S. colleges. As Vice Chair Elect, Kirt Shineman will lead an active, academic, fun-loving, and committed group of communication professionals from across the nation. His main duties for the national association includes scheduling, arranging, creating and leading some 30 different panels at the annual NCA convention in 2014.