Center for Academic Excellence

Supporting Faculty and Staff of CCCC


Employee of the Month


This award program is intended to show immediate appreciation and recognition of individuals for exceptional contributions and customer service inside or outside of their departments. Any individual may submit an Employee Nomination Form to recognize a full-time college employee for their special effort or service.

Program Goals
  • Increase employee engagement through recognizing positive employee behaviors
  • Promote positive employee-to-employee and employee-to-student interactions on campus in order to further a learning first culture

Deadline for nominations: First Monday of the month to be recognized the next month


See Eligibility Guidelines & Past Winners

Employee of the Month Nomination Form

View Recognition Guidelines


Daisha Gaines
(919) 718-7213

Staff of the Year

2017 Staff Member of the Year

Tamara Joyner has a true heart for students and goes out of the way to remind herself, and everyone working with her, why we do the things that we do. In every way she can, she looks for ways to help students. In addition to her dedication, Tamara is kind to faculty and staff and patient in their endeavors to navigate business office policies and procedures. She is always willing to stop what she is doing to walk someone through the correct way to perform whatever they are trying to accomplish. Tamara has high expectations for documentation and expenditure compliance (such is necessary for the multi-million dollar budget she manages), but she performs her duties in such a warm way that everyone wants to meet those expectations. By working to keep processes compliant and efficient, Tamara ensures the continued operation of the college and maximizes the resources available for serving students.

2016 Staff Member of the Year

Lennie Stephenson, Director of Continuing Education Medical Programs, has been chosen as our Staff Member of the Year. Lennie was recognized for providing medical programs and courses for well over 10,000 students in our service areas of Harnett, Lee, and Chatham counties. She has actively recruited faculty and students for the first Nursing Assistant in Spanish course in the state. Additionally, she developed the first curriculum and taught the first courses in Healthcare Management Technology for our college and assisted with writing and managing a successful Rural Development grant for recruiting and enrolling more Hispanic/Latino students in medical programming. The system office and other colleges have benefited from her innovative programming and use of online and hybrid courses. Lastly, Lennie and her team have demonstrated a way of being able to balance providing quality programs with enrollment and retention by representing the highest FTE earned by program areas in their division.

Faculty of the Year

2017 Faculty Member of the Year

Bianka Stumpf is an excellent instructor as evident in her dynamic, but practical, hands-on teaching style, her enthusiasm and energy for teaching, and her personal interest in the welfare of each of her students. She puts a great deal of time and effort into her lessons by integrating costumes, music, food, and other extensions. She has built all of her classes to integrate primary source documents, controversial debates/case studies, and current events to make the material more relevant and engaging. She exercises a variety of management techniques considering the high percentage of LEC and CCP students in her classes.

2016 Faculty Member of the Year

Julia Herbon, Lead ESL Instructor, has been chosen as our Faculty Member of the Year. Julia was selected for being a master instructor and utilizing her ability to communicate in both English and Spanish to build a tremendous rapport with all students. Currently serving as the Hispanic Liaison, she bridges the gap between the ESL population in Chatham county and CCCC while providing students with a purpose toward their successful development. It is no surprise that her retention and EFL percentages are near 100% and two of her former students are now successful instructors in her department. Julia also fosters team work and collaboration by sharing text books, ideas, and teaching techniques for improving their instruction, retention, and educational goals with her ESL instructors. She also created a learning blog for her department which supplements classroom instruction and provides a forum for students and teachers to post comments and share projects and accomplishments. For the past three years, Julia has been awarded $30,000 each year for the EL/Civics Grant. Much of this grant has been used to fund the ESL Computer Literacy class and curriculum for our three county serve area as well as providing training for staff in using technology in the classroom.

Adjunct of the Year


This award is given to recognize part-time faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers with a track record of increasing student learning and promoting instructional improvements for their programs/departments.

2017 Adjunct of the Year

Kelly Cash provides a variety of teaching methods to reach her students. She involves the students in discussion, stimulates critical thinking in her students, and challenges them to work and achieve. Her students are well prepared for the next level of instruction. Kelly has worked with full-time faculty to write guidelines for teaching Anatomy and Physiology. She is organized and thorough, engaging, energetic, passionate, and focused on active learning. She gives over and above the amount of time required for office hours and helping students.

2016 Adjunct of the Year

Shelby Parrott has been recognized as Central Carolina Community College's Adjunct of the Year. Parrott, of Carthage, is a member of the Dental Programs Adjunct Faculty.

"Shelby is the perfect selection for Central Carolina Community College's first adjunct faculty of the year award. Shelby embodies the CCCC mission, vision, and values," said Lisa Baker Godfrey, CCCC Dean of Health Sciences. "She is both a CCCC Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene graduate who has returned to CCCC Dental Programs as a faculty member. Students express that Shelby is able to explain patient situations in a way that allows them to grow and provide optimal patient care. She always makes them feel encouraged. Shelby always strives to educate the students while providing top-notch patient care."

Parrott said her coworkers kept her selection as a secret, so she was very surprised. "I didn't even know I had been nominated," said Parrott, who graduated from CCCC Dental Assisting in 2009 and CCCC Dental Hygiene in 2011. "... I love being an Adjunct and I am so thankful every day that I chose this career. Then to have the college recognize me on this level, it's an amazing feeling. I was extremely honored to receive this award."

Parrott began as a CCCC adjunct instructor in January 2013. "As an adjunct, and along with the other faculty, I'm able to work with the students and guide them into this career. I love my career and my goal is always to share this with the students," said Parrott. "At the close of each spring semester, I hate to see the second year students leave, but it's always so great when they leave with excitement and a passion for dental hygiene."

Advisor of the Year

2017 Excellence in Advising Members

Stephanie Whitaker does an excellent job of recruiting students and helping them find the program that best fits their interest. She interacts well with students at various events and represents the college in a positive way.

Thadd McElreath is highly regarded as an extraordinary faculty advisor. Thadd excels in the role of advising because he truly cares for and invests in each student and enjoys the role of student advocate. On multiple occasions, Thadd has helped students untangle complicated transfer situations so that they can smoothly enter senior institutions.

2016 Excellence in Advising Member

Please join the Advising Committee as we congratulate Holly Schofield and Pam Riddle as our winners of the new Excellence in Advising award. Both were recognized on Friday during the All Curriculum/Student Learning meeting and will be congratulated college-wide during our PD Day on Dec 14th.

Faculty Advancement Funds


The vision for Central Carolina Community College is to be a nationally recognized, world-class leader which provides opportunities that contribute to economic progress and cultural enrichment for students and communities we serve. To empower faculty to take an active role in achieving this ideal, Central Carolina offers financial assistance to full-time faculty members to attend nationally/regionally-recognized professional development workshops, conferences, and/or seminars. Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Advancement Funds Committee and are prioritized for funding allocation using the guidelines provided below.

Before submitting your faculty advancement funds application, you are required to discuss your idea with your department chair and dean.

Faculty Advancement Funds Packet


Rodney Powell

2017 - 2018 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Markita McCrimmon - Southern Criminal Justice Conf. - New Orleans, LA
  • Matt Smith - Professional Counselors Assn. - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Erika Parker - Great Teachers - Salter Path, NC
  • Krystal Lee - Great Teachers - Salter Path, NC
  • Zan Thornton - NCCER Instructor Certification - Charlotte, NC
  • Emma Belcher - Great Teachers - Salter Path, NC
  • Jessica Brown - Human Anatomy and Physiology Society - Columbus OH
  • Vicky Wesner - NC Dental Society - Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Vicky Wesner - ADHA Annual Meeting - Columbus, OH
2016 - 2017 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Robin Kohanowich - Sustainable Ag Educators Conference - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Barbara Campbell - Leadership in Higher Education Conference - Atlanta, GA
  • Vicky Wesner - The Teaching Professor Technology Conference - Atlanta, GA
  • Emily Barrick - Certified Coder Boot Camp - Charleston, SC
  • Denise Martin - E-Learning: ICD-10-PCS Intermediate Bundle - Online
  • Becky Finken - North Carolina Great Teachers Seminar - Salter Path, NC
  • Dixie Holden - INACSL-CAE Healthcare Simulation Fellowship - Washington, DC
  • Melissa Fogarty - CPC Exam Prep (Medical Coding Exam Prep) - Online
  • Ginger Harris Bartholomew - NAEYC 2017 Professional Learning Institute - San Francisco, CA
  • Bianka Stumpf - NC Museum of History Lecture - Raleigh, NC
  • Regina Minter - 2017 Leadership Conference - Myrtle Beach, SC
  • John Ainsworth - Programming for Network Engineers - Online
  • Mike Murray - Programming for Network Engineers - Online
  • Mark DiBurro - ADHA Annual Conference - Jacksonville, FL
  • Danielle Bruner - ADHA Annual Conference - Jacksonville, FL
  • Jessica Brown - HAPS Annual Conference - Salt Lake City, UT
2015 - 2016 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Tony Baker - BICSI Conference - Las Vegas, NV
  • Consuela Blaizes - Nursing Education Research Conference: Research as a Catalyst for Transformative Practice - Bethesda, MD
  • Scott Byington - NACADA Conference - Las Vegas NV
  • Ben Cole - Autodesk University Training Seminar for AutoDesk Vault - Las Vegas, NV
  • Robert Hammond - NC3ADL Conference - Raleigh, NC
  • Shawna Jones - North Carolina Great Teachers Seminar - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
  • Robin Kohanowich - Carolina Farm Stewardship Conference - Durham, NC
  • Denise Martin - Department Chair Institute - Raleigh, NC
  • Arlen Mills - NCASAM Great Smokies Veterinary Conference - Asheville, NC
  • Fernanda Perry - NC Dental Society Annual Session - Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Bianka Stumpf - National Archives On-Site Professional Development Workshop - New York City, NY
  • Vicky Wesner - NC Dental Society Annual Session - Myrtle Beach, SC
2016 - 2017 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners
  • Emily Barrick - Certified Coder Boot Camp - Charleston, SC
  • Barbara Campbell - Leadership in Higher Education Conference - Atlanta, GA
  • Robin Kohanowich - Sustainable Agriculture Educators Conference - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Denise Martin - E-Learning: ICD-10-PCS Intermediate Bundle - Online Training
  • Vicky Wesner - The Teaching Professor Technology Conference - Atlanta, GA
2014 - 2015 Faculty Advancements Fund Winners

The Center for Academic Excellence have awarded 2014 - 2015 Faculty Advancements Funds to the following:

  • Lisa Key Brown - National Association of Developmental Education - Greenville, SC
  • Dixie Holden - Teaching Professor Conference - Atlanta, GA
  • Arlen Mills - Annual Conference of the American Animal Hospital Association - Tampa, FL
  • Regina Minter - Cafe Leadership Conference - Niagara Falls, NY
  • Anjanette Porter - 22nd Annual North Carolina Great Teachers Seminar - Hendersonville, NC
  • Bianka Stumpf - Shun Yen and Two Workshops - Raleigh, NC and Online
  • Ty Stumpf - Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop - Online Workshop
  • Vicky Wesner - 2015 Allied Dental Program Directors Conference - Austin, TX
  • Jessica "Jimmy" Wilson - Regional Hands-on Pork Butchery Class - Durham, NC

Joyning Up

The CCCC Foundation and Center for Academic Excellence are pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for faculty. Funds are available for projects that will partner University transfer with Career and Technical Education. The download the application package, completed applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on January 8, 2018 to the Center for Academic Excellence. We look forward to some seeing some new and creative ideas!

Joyning Up application package


Rodney Powell

Emily Hare

Learning Grant


Grant funds are available to faculty members who have identified instructional needs and can demonstrate a commitment to student learning outcomes. Grant applications may be submitted by individuals or groups who are full-time or part-time faculty members of Central Carolina Community College. A total of $700 in grant funds is available.

Grants will be awarded using a competitive selection process. Grant applications were due on October 31, 2018 by 3:30 p.m. and all activities must be completed by May 25, 2019.

2018-2019 CTL Learning Grant Packet


Emily Hare

2017 - 2018 Learning Grants
  • Bianka Stumpf $240, Universal Yums
  • Harnett Library $500, Anatomy and Physiology Models
2014 - 2015 Learning Grants

The Center for Academic Excellence awarded two 2014 - 2015 Learning Grants with funds made possible through the Marvin R. Joyner Endowment.

  • Dr. Kris Walters Herring, $250 – Jack Skellington in the Classroom (Biology)
  • Bianka Stumpf, $500 – A Millennium Experience for Millennials (History)

Perkins Mini-Grants

The Carl D. Perkins Act aims to increase the quality of technical education within the United States in order to help the economy. Central Carolina Community College has allocated funding this year for faculty Mini-Grants. The purpose of these grants is to provide upgraded technology to CTE Programs (including Health Sciences) to better teach technical skills in the classroom. The Center for Academic Excellence will collect applications until September 15 at which point we will meet and discuss the merits of each and award up to $25,000 in grants (each project has a limit of $2500).

Carl D. Perkins Act Grant


Rodney Powell