9月. 21, 2023
乔伊斯·麦考利 has dedicated the past 54 years of her life to uplifting future generations through the power of education. Twenty-eight of those years have been with 山姆 Houston State University. She has spent countless hours conducting research in her field and finding ways to enhance the student learning experience, 为她赢得了2023年杰出教授的称号.
The title is bestowed upon faculty members at SHSU who have outstanding achievements in their disciplines, receive national recognition for their scholarly contributions and demonstrate valuable 服务 to their field of study.
“I think back to when I was a child and dreamed of someday becoming a teacher,麦考利说. “我从没想过, 在我最疯狂的梦里, 在这个行业工作了54年之后, 我很荣幸能获得这样一个有声望的奖项. I am absolutely thrilled and incredibly humbled to receive this award!”
麦考利在一所小学开始了她的教学之旅, 为未来的道路塑造年轻的心灵. Her degree in elementary education from the University of South Florida provided her with the skills she needed to begin 教学 in Guam, 1973年她在那里获得了阅读硕士学位.
Equipped with the credentials and passion for post-secondary education necessary for success, McCauley became an instructor at the University of Guam just a year after earning her master’s there. 她在那所大学教了20年书, leading courses in the College of 艺术 and 科学 and the College of 教育. Her work there was recognized in 1998 when she was named professor emeritus.
In 1994, McCauley came to Texas and was hired as an assistant professor in SHSU’s College of 教育, joining the ranks of many prestigious faculty and staff members in one of the best education colleges in the state. By 2006 she was promoted to professor and was well-loved by her students who highly valued her in-depth lessons.
“传统上, a faculty member’s work at a university is chopped up into three areas: 教学, 研究及服务. 和, 作为一名年轻的教员, I believed in that separation and dutifully placed pieces of my work in each category,麦考利说 of her early years 教学 at the university level.
By 2010, she was offered a new opportunity that would shake up her ideas around 教学 altogether; McCauley was tasked with establishing the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). The CCE helps connect SHSU with businesses and organizations in the region, allowing students to work with these groups in real ways while working on course credits through 学术社区参与(ACE) courses. 自成立以来, the CCE has maintained SHSU’s status as a community-engaged campus recognized nationally by the Carnegie Foundation.
“What began as just me in my small office in the College of 教育 has grown into a large space with three full-time staff, one student worker and another part-time professor from the College of 人文社会科学,麦考利说, reflecting on her time going from founding the CCE to serving as its executive director. “这是一段多么美妙的旅程啊, 现在, 最后, 教学, 研究和服务都紧密地捆绑在一起. The lines between the three are blurred, and sometimes I can’t tell the difference.”
事实证明，她在CCE的工作同样具有影响力, 有些人甚至会这样说, 而不是她在课堂上的工作. 而她继续带领她的学生成为优秀的老师, the CCE has helped professors and students become better community members. 通过ACE课程, students have had their eyes opened to different fields or degrees that they can claim to have made an impact on.
McCauley loves to talk about the great work the CCE has done with the community and for the students and is also proud to hear from her own students about how her 教学 style has impacted them for the better. 在她申请杰出教授奖时, McCauley relayed that her former students often reach out and express their gratitude to her for shaping them into quality educators.
“Most of my career has been spent 教学 teachers and helping them see beyond content, beyond grades—helping them look at the important things in life that need 教学 such as courage, 毅力, 正义, 服务, 谦卑, 忠诚, 同情, 诚实, 幽默, 耐心和信任,麦考利说. “These are the virtues that give us grounding, that keep us strong, that make a difference. 我不只是在教学生教育学, 理论和研究——我在帮助培养好公民, ones who see for themselves how their hard work will reap benefits to society.”
虽然她的学生承认她的课很累, McCauley has received consistently high ratings each semester and receives emails from former students who are proud to share the achievements and recognitions they receive with her. Even though she herself has been highly decorated throughout the years, McCauley remains steadfast in her dedication to ensuring student success, 不仅仅是对她的学生, 但对于那些他们会接触到的人.
“It’s a great responsibility that I don’t take lightly,麦考利说. “This is why I work so hard and make sure I am modeling best practices and that I continuously strengthen my methods and strategies. 我得对所有人都好.”
McCauley’s sense of responsibility and dedication supporting students and the community have not gone unnoticed. 她是2023年杰出教授获得者之一, a title truly fitting of the lifelong learner and one that will remain with her for as long as she continues 教学. 这所大学很荣幸有像麦考利这样的教授, 谁能超越他们的教导, 服务与研究.