Michele Hancock recognized for enhancing College’s quality of life
The Quality of Life Committee presents the first of its two Person of the Year awards to Michele Hancock, professor of practice in education and director of the Accelerated Certification for Teachers program.
Provost David Timmerman and Professor Isabel Rivero Vilá, chair of the committee, made the announcement June 10 via email. The College recently changed the timing of the annual award from fall to spring, so Prof. Hancock is the 2019 recipient. The 2020 award will be presented in July.
Nominations from faculty, staff, and students are invited each spring. The Person of the Year Award honors faculty and staff members who have:
- significantly enhanced the quality of life for their fellow Carthage community members
- brought the Carthage community together for a common purpose
- introduced or highlighted an aspect of our community life that might have otherwise been overlooked
- underscored for many what is best about being a part of the Carthage community
One nominator describes Prof. Hancock as “strong, fearless and direct” but also “kind, empathetic, open-minded, and committed to social justice.” That same person views her as a collaborative leader “who seeks to bring people together, anyone and everyone, so that as many voices can be heard as possible.”
Another nominator affirms that she “has raised the awareness of race and ethnicity on campus, and has been a ‘safe harbor’ for students of color.”
Colleagues highlight the numerous advances the College has made since she arrived in 2014. Prof. Hancock created an urban education minor, established study tours to Africa that include a service component, served as director of equity and inclusion, and created the Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program to educate faculty and staff.
“All students of color, black or brown, find their way their way to her office, where they feel heard and included,” reads one nomination. “She has been a wonderful friend and colleague who has inspired us as we create a new curriculum for a new age.”
As one hearty endorsement sums up, “I can think of no one who more strongly represents the kind of character and commitment to improving the soul of our communities (Carthage, local, and international).”
Thank you, Prof. Hancock, for all you do to improve the quality of life at Carthage!