Rock Valley College awards Faculty of the Year

Crystal Dinwiddie

Crystal Dinwiddie, Rock Valley College (RVC) assistant professor of sociology, has been honored as the 25th recipient of the Rock Valley College Faculty of the Year Award.

Dinwiddie is a graduate of RVC, and she credits RVC in great part for the student she became, and the person and educator she is today.

I don’t think I would have [been as successful] if it were not for the dedication and motivation of all the people at Rock Valley that believed in me and challenged me to improve,” she said. “Rock Valley was an amazing turning point in my life. I became a public speaker, a consensus builder, a leader, a writer, a critical thinker … and a sociologist. I left Rock Valley with a set of skills and a social network that would prove invaluable to my future.”

After graduating from RVC, Dinwiddie went on receive her bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master’s in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. She returned to RVC in the spring of 2007 as an adjunct professor teaching Introduction to Sociology. By the fall of 2008, she was a full-time faculty member at RVC.

She will have taught 10 courses by the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, including seven sections of Introduction to Sociology, two sections of Racial and Ethnic Relations, and one section of Urban Sociology. She is also very actively involved in professional development and leadership activities on campus, such as faculty association vice president, Promoting an Inclusive Community (PAIC) Committee member, and chairman of the Political Action Committee. She is also an adviser for the college’s Model United Nations team.

Most importantly, Dinwiddie loves what she does and truly embraces the opportunity to make a difference in her students’ lives.

Fellow faculty members, campus colleagues and family members were on hand on March 28 when Dinwiddie was presented her award from Dr. Martin Quirk, RVC professor of history and co-chairman of the Faculty of the Year Committee. The RVC Faculty of the Year Award winner also receives a monetary stipend from the Rock Valley College Foundation.

From the April 3-9, 2013, issue

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