Two faculty members at the Community College of Aurora have been honored with the Tom Brosh Award for Adjunct Faculty. This award recognizes instructors who have at least five academic years of teaching at CCA who have provided outstanding service to CCA students and to the college.
Mathematics instructor Mike Pfaff’s dedication to CCA is well demonstrated. Students say that Pfaff is a creative and excellent professor. Pfaff launched his career at CCA as a tutor and continues to spend a significant amount of time in the tutoring lab, where his workshops are highly sought after. He has tutored at the college longer than any other math tutor. He also is the primary administrator of the Student Preassessment Math Workshops, and, after being asked to put his workshop on film for the web, his videos get many “hits” from future CCA students and from students at other colleges who have heard how instructive his online sessions are.
A former planetarium director in Little Rock, Fort Worth, and Denver, CCA is fortunate to have Larry Sessions as one of its adjuncts. Sessions brings his passion for astronomy to CCA students, who say his labs and classes are engaging, creative, and thought-provoking. One student reports that Sessions’ class has him “looking at life from a totally new perspective.”
At the forefront of distance learning at CCA, Sessions created the college’s two online astronomy classes from nothing. He developed every activity and generated a series of labs to be completed independently while maintaining the college-level rigor of the class. He shares his work with other CCA instructors, requesting nothing in return. Over the years, he has upgraded his online class to where it now is a model for all others.
Sessions created and maintains the CCA observatory website and often delivers community lectures on public observatory nights. He also helped to construct the observatory itself a few years back, on a 20-degree January day.