In many ways, the winner of Faculty of the Year embodies what the college stands for, and not just from the instructional side.
James Gray understands CCA students so well because he was one himself, having graduated in 1994.
He understands the needs of other departments because he’s worn many hats at the college, including two tours with the cashier’s office.
And, perhaps most of all, he brings so much more to the table than the problem solving inherent in his Math classes because of his willingness to participate on important issues critical to CCA while consistently recognizing the work of others, whether those individuals are employed by, or attend the college.
This year, his department has taken on a whole new area with the absorption of the developmental Math program. His responsibilities span more people and more challenges – including taking over teaching duties in a class that no longer had an instructor -- but you would never know it by James’ consistently pleasant and helpful demeanor. That attitude is matched by his aptitude in the classroom.
But the help he provides spans further than a white board.
His contribution to the Student Success Awards is unmatched; his work with Libby Klingsmith on the Equity in Excellence initiative unparalleled. He's helped on other committees and initiatives, too.
James exemplifies the values of CCA.
In bestowing this award, here's proof that the college couldn't agree more.