A+ Teachers: Faculty of the Year Awards
Spring Convocation is a time when Heritage University recognizes faculty members whose service to the academic community goes above and beyond. This year seven members of the faculty were honored.
Five adjunct faculty members received the Heritage Adjunct Recognition and Appreciation Teaching Award (HARATA). The award is given to recognize part-time faculty who enrich our campus and the student experience by sharing expertise from their life work with students and colleagues at Heritage. The recipients include:
Wendy Huylar is a mathematics instructor at the Toppenish campus. She is a former math coach at Toppenish High School and received her B.S. in mathematics at Washington State University.
Lucy Stevens teaches Social Worker Policy to undergraduates at the Toppenish campus. She is a social work supervisor for the Washington State Division of Child and Family Services, Child Family Welfare Services, with an emphasis on Indian Child Welfare. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington.
Sara Ellingson is a social work instructor who teaches "Social Behavior in the Social Environment" at the Tri-Cities regional site. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker who has been in private practice for 29 years. She earned her M.S.W. from Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX.
Doug Lane is an education instructor who teaches “Literacy Across the Curriculum and Methods in Math” for the undergraduate in education program at the Tri-Cities regional site. He also is a sixth-grade teacher and works with the gifted program at Enterprise Middle School in the Richland School District. A Heritage University alumnus, he earned an M.Ed. with ProCert.
Carol Johnson is an instructor who teaches the graduate-level course “Essential Special Ed Fundamentals for K-8” and the undergraduate course “Differentiated Instruction Special Needs Students K-8” at the Tri-Cities regional site. In 2013 she retired from the Richland School District as the special education director. She also has served on a variety of special education committees at the state level.
In addition to the HARATA award recipients, two full-time faculty were honored:
Jeff Thompson is a professor for both the undergraduate psychology degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Educational Staff Associate School Counselor program in the College of Education and Psychology. He received the Board of Director’s Faculty Teaching Award. This award is given each year to recognize a faculty member’s dedication, commitment, engagement, professionalism, passion, and service to the university and its students.
Dr. Raymond Bending is chair of the Social Work department. He received the Faculty Special Recognition Award, which is presented to faculty members for leadership, service and fulfillment of the Heritage University mission well beyond the call of duty. As a social worker, Dr. Bending practiced in the area of child welfare, with a particular emphasis on implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act. He is the founding chair for the Social Work program, a key area for the university’s contributions to south and central Washington. This is Dr. Bending’s final year teaching at Heritage. He is retiring at the end of the academic year.