BC faculty and staff members honored
Brazosport College faculty member Dr. Cliff O’Neal and staff member Kelli Forde Spiers were recently named recipients of the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 2015John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards. Forde Spiers was selected for the John & Suanne Roueche Staff Excellence Award, while O’Neal was the recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Teaching Excellence Award. O’Neal is also Brazosport College’s nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award.
Brazosport College faculty member Dr. Cliff O’Neal and staff member Kelli Forde Spiers were recently honored by the college’s students, faculty and staff as representatives for the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 2015 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards. O’Neal has also been nominated for the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award.
Forde Spiers, the Director of Student Life and Intramural Programs, was selected for the John & Suanne Roueche Staff Excellence Award, while O’Neal, an Associate Professor and Division Chair of Mathematics and Life Sciences, was the recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Teaching Excellence Award. As the 2015 teaching excellence recipient, O’Neal also becomes BC’s Piper Professor nominee.
O’Neal earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2005 and has been teaching full-time at Brazosport College since 2008. O’Neal also has a Master of Science degree in Fisheries from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston.
“I have two goals as a professor at Brazosport College,” O’Neal said. “The first is to find an effective teaching method so that my students can understand and visualize complex biological concepts. Second, and perhaps just as important, I want to foster and instill a curiosity for the life sciences in every single student I encounter. I have found the best way to accomplish both of these goals is to use real-life anecdotes and as many fish-related examples and stories I can find.
“I am honored to have received this award for teaching excellence since it indicates to me that I’m making progress towards these goals,” O’Neal added.
As for Forde Spiers, she has a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University and was a Department of Student Activities Graduate Assistant, also from Texas A&M. Before pursuing her Masters, Forde Spiers earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston.
Forde Spiers is the Director of Student Life and Intramural Programs and has been with Brazosport College for nearly three years.
“Students give me life and energy to try new things, to challenge my boundaries and to persevere,” Forde Spiers said. “They inspire me to be a better leader, educator and person. Throughout my time in college, I had many mentors who believed in me, challenged me to work hard and encouraged me to become an active change maker in my community. I strive every day to make the same difference in the lives of our students at BC, and it is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers and students with the staff excellence award.”
For more information about the League for Innovation in the Community College, visit its Web site at www.league.org. To learn more about Brazosport College, go online to www.brazosport.edu or call (979) 230-3000.