Faculty of the Year
Each year during spring Convocation, Heritage University recognizes faculty whose service to the academic community goes above and beyond. This year seven members of the faculty were honored: five adjuncts and two full-time professors.
The adjunct faculty members were singled out by their peers to receive the Heritage Adjunct Recognition and Appreciation Teaching Award (HARATA). The award is given by the Faculty Senate to recognize adjunct faculty who enrich the campus and the student experience by sharing their expertise from their life work with the students and colleagues at the university. The recipients were:
Mary Panther is an education, criminal justice and master’s-level counseling instructor at the Tri-Cities regional site. Outside of Heritage, she is a counselor at Westgate Elementary in Kennewick, Washington.
Jim Jamieson teaches Methods in Fine Arts for graduate and undergraduate education programs and he is a co-teaching facilitator at the Tri- Cities regional site. He is a retired music instructor from Richland School District.
Dr. Andrew Boyd teaches Methods in Science for graduate and undergraduate education programs at the Moses Lake regional site. He teaches science for the Almira/Coulee City-Hartline Cooperative, a partnership between the Almira and Coulee-Hartline School Districts.
Jayne Beebe is a mental health, nursing and maternity, and pediatric nursing instructor at the Toppenish campus. Beebe is also a nursing instructor at Washington State University and the head instructor for the Pegasus Program’s Therapeutic Horse Riding Program.
Suzan Kelley is a Human Development and Early Childhood Studies instructor for the Early Childhood Education program at the Toppenish campus. She also serves as a counselor at the Selah School District.
In addition to the HARATA award recipients, two full-time faculty were honored:
Dr. Apanakhi Buckley, associate professor of Education, received the Board of Directors 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. Nina Barcenas, biology professor and chair of sciences, received the 2013 Faculty Special Recognition Award. This award is made annually to a faculty member who has shown exemplary leadership and commitment to the university and his or her field of study.