Oklahoma Association For Developmental Education Bestows Honor On Rose State Professor
Midwest City, Okla. – The Oklahoma Association for Developmental Education (OKADE) receives nominations each year for its “Developmental Educator of the Year” award. Letters come in from across the state detailing college professors who have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to further the success of at-risk college students. This year, the honor was bestowed upon Rose State College Reading professor, Chris Knox.
Professor Knox’s nomination letters went on for pages about her dedication to students, her commitment to success, and her passion for teaching. One nominator wrote, “Our administration believes in this professor's exceptional abilities, her colleagues admire and respect her, and most importantly her students trust and benefit from her amazing ability to teach and inspire them. She is truly deserving of this award.”
As director of the Community Learning in Critical Knowledge (CLICK) group, Professor Knox is able to connect students with their professors and with each other. CLICK offers students taking developmental courses a community to belong to; a place where they can feel supported and encouraged.
Knox also partnered with other faculty members to start Rose State’s English as a Second Language Program. The program was started with support from a $14,000 Dollar General grant to purchase supplies for students. Professors Chris Knox and Toni Castillo were passionate enough about the need for such a program that for a time, they went unpaid for their work of helping non-native English speakers be successful in their course work and in the community.
Big ideas, passion for student success, and motivation to get innovative programs off the ground are just a few of Professor Knox’s characteristics that helped her earn the OKADE Developmental Educator of the Year award. Rose State College is proud to have outstanding faculty like Professor Knox who contribute to the success of their students.
About Rose State College:
Rose State College is a community college offering more than 60 degree and skilled-occupational programs conveniently located seven minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. www.rose.edu