2017 League for Innovation Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Teaching Excellence award winners

Congratulations to the six St. Petersburg College faculty members chosen to receive the 2017 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards from the League for Innovation in the Community College.

The League is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. It hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. The awards will be presented at the Innovations 2017 conference in San Francisco.


The 2017 St. Petersburg College award winners are:

Kimberly Jackson, Social Sciences Academic Chair

Outstanding Student Engagement (on-campus or blended)

Kimberly Jackson, Esq. is a native of the suburbs of Illinois.  She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Communications.  Ms. Jackson attended law school locally at Stetson University College of Law. While there she participated on the Jessup Moot Court Team and the Environmental Law Moot Court Team. Ms. Jackson received her J.D. with a concentration in International Relations in 2002.

Upon graduating, Ms. Jackson clerked for the Honorable Mary S. Scriven, then Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida, (currently Federal Judge for the Middle District of Florida). She then practiced in the primary area of civil trial litigation as an associate for the law firms of Abbey, Adams in St. Petersburg, for Stephens, Lynn in Tampa and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of St. Petersburg.  In 2012 Ms. Jackson joined the St. Petersburg College family as an adjunct professor in the paralegal program where she taught civil trial litigation and an introduction to law course.

In 2015, she became the Academic Department Chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences for the Downtown and Midtown campuses of St. Petersburg College. She currently teaches American Government and the College Experience Course. In her current role as Academic Department Chair she served as one of the lead professors for the Study Abroad Program to Vietnam, (Summer-2016), participated in programs with the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and serves on the Quality Enhancement Committee.

Ms. Jackson lives by the standard of, “we stand on the shoulders of those who come before us.” She is an avid community leader and is involved in many civic organizations including a sustaining member of the Junior League of St. Petersburg, Neighborly Care Network, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Academy Prep, the St. Petersburg Arts Advisory Board Network, South Pinellas Autism Project and serves as a mentor for the Pinellas County School System. Ms. Jackson is alumnae member of Leadership St. Petersburg, Class of 2004. She also remains active in her service organizations, St. Petersburg Chapter of the Links, Inc., Jack and Jill, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, politics, traveling and spending time with her husband and children

David Monroe, Ethics Academic Chair

Outstanding Student Engagement (on-campus or blended)

Dave Monroe is an academic chair of applied ethics at St. Petersburg College and co-editor and author of SPC’s ethics textbook, Ethics Applied. Dave has also edited two volumes in Wiley-Blackwell’s Philosophy for Everyone series. He is the co-founder and former president of the Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society, a group of philosophers meeting annually to discuss humor seriously and laugh at the seriousness of philosophy. In his spare time, Dave is an avid runner and loves creating culinary experiments for his wife and their friends.

Anne Ryan, College of Education Lead Instructor

Innovation in the Use of Technology

Anne has an A.S. degree from St. Petersburg College in Early Childhood Education, a B.A. degree from Eckerd College in Human Development, and an M.A. in Education from the University of South Florida. She has a background in nursing (R.N.), child and family counseling (L.M.H.C.), and early childhood education. Anne taught as an adjunct faculty member for many years while working as a preschool teacher. She also worked as a Pediatric Hospice Counselor and Early Intervention Specialist. She has been a full-time Faculty member since 2004. Anne currently teaches the Early Childhood Education courses in the A.S. degree program and serves on multiple community committees involved in early childhood care and education.

Laura Malave, College of Computer & Information Technology Academic Chair

Innovation in the Use of Technology

Laura has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of South Florida. With over 13 years of college and university teaching experience, Laura has taught at Hillsborough Community College, Keiser University-Tampa Campus, and is currently Academic Chair of the College of Computer and Information Technology at St. Petersburg College, Downtown/Midtown campuses. She has extensive experience in course development and technical training. She holds over 40 industry certifications including: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, CSA+, CIW Web Design Professional, MTA, and MOS Master Specialist. She is very active with local CyberSecurity industry associations, and conferences.

Chad Mairn, Seminole Campus Librarian

Innovation in the Use of Technology

Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida, Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum. Here is the Maker Boot Camp documentary film.
Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes the popular Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.

Patrick Booth, Director of Online Student Services

Excellence in Student Services

Patrick Booth, Director of Online Student Services, started his educational studies at St. Petersburg College as a student who struggled, needed help and eventually dropped out. He left school for a year and began working for an innovative medical company, where he had the opportunity to develop an Online Chat for Nurses and eventually speak at a Small Business Conference held at Hofstra University. When he returned to school, he had an inspired outlook that helped him focus and he went on to graduate with honors. After graduating, Patrick continued his studies at St. Petersburg College and began their new bachelor’s program in Technology Management. While working on his bachelor’s degree, he was invited into SPC’s Ambassador program and this provided him with the opportunity to listen to students, share his story and help them with their transition to college.

After graduating Cum Laude with his bachelor’s, he was offered the position of Cyber Recruiter at St. Petersburg College. In this position, he continued to think creatively and identify ways to inspire students. It was in this position that he and the recruitment team helped the college launch an online chat with a recruiter, create a self-guided scavenger hunt style student tour and establish outdoor movie nights for both prospects and students that were projected onto campus quads. Patrick was known for being involved in many projects throughout the school and during a meeting that focused on what it means to be a student at SPC, he coined the phrase, “The SPC Difference”, which was later featured throughout the college on Course Schedule Booklets. During his time as a recruiter, Patrick also volunteered as an Academic Advisor at the Tarpon Springs campus for multiple semesters and also became the College’s Director of Sports Information, which is a role he continues to hold today. Patrick went on to earn a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida.

In 2010, Patrick began working as the Coordinator of Enrollment Management Services and soon after earned a Six Sigma Black Belt certificate. His innovativeness developed further in this new position, where he had the opportunity to oversee various technological products that help improve the student experience and to create student video tutorials that were featured on MySPC, YouTube, campus Registration Centers, and SPC TV. Many recognize his voice from his tutorials, important phone reminders and SPC’s Information Line. In his time as Coordinator, he took over a small pilot Cyber Advisor project that has developed into SPC’s Online Advisement Center that now handles over 33,000 visits a year. His team is small, but efficient and they’ve helped develop and implement many projects to improve the student experience.

Patrick was promoted to Director of Online Student Services in 2016 and his focus continues to be towards our students’ online experiences. He is currently researching best practices nationally that might benefit our students and community. As part of his role, Patrick sits on committees with projects aimed to re-innovate our student portal, streamline our students’ onboarding, develop a new priority registration system and revitalize Accessibility Services. He believes the successes in his career have been due in large part to his team and the wonderful connections he’s made throughout his 13 years at St. Petersburg College.

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