Endowed Teaching Chairs

Through the Endowed Teaching Chair program, the Foundation supports and recognizes outstanding faculty for teaching excellence. At most colleges and universities Endowed Teaching Chairs are used to support research and publishing. At IRSC, where student learning is the #1 concern, our main purpose is to recognize and reward faculty for quality teaching which directly correlates with student success.
New in 2017, we received funds to establish an additional Chair to recognize faculty or staff for an outstanding project in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Throughout the year, applicants have the opportunity to submit a proposal for projects which will improve instruction, professional development, and/or provide a means to further contribute toward the excellence of the College. Following a competitive review process, recipients are rewarded with an annual stipend of $6,000 per year for three consecutive years. Two-thirds of the stipend ($4,000) is used to support the proposal and the remaining one-third of the stipend ($2,000) is paid directly to the recipient in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution to the College's mission. The recipients are recognized at the annual Awards Breakfast in August.

Recipients are selected based on a portfolio review with consideration given to teaching and attainment of performance outcomes, overall contribution toward achievement of the College mission, commitment to professional development and the potential of the proposed plan to improve instruction and benefit IRSC students and the community.
This year, faculty members have the opportunity to apply for the following Endowed Teaching Chairs for the 2018-2021 academic years:
  • Richardson Endowed Teaching Chair in Business and Entrepreneurship
  • BankAtlantic Foundation Endowed Teaching Chair (any discipline)
  • J. Douglas Stephens Endowed Teaching Chair in Technology
  • Banack Family Partnership Endowed Teaching Chair in Agriculture
​             ******* NEW FOR 2018 Open to Faculty and Staff  *******
  • Endowed Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
To apply for an Endowed Teaching Chair Award, please review and fill out the 2018 Endowed Teaching Chair Application Form and submit a proposal to the IRSC Foundation. You could be chosen as one of this year’s recipients and be given the means to see your idea become a reality. Please note that the deadline for submission is March 5, 2018. Submit completed application packets to Brianne Hutchinson, Donor Relations, IRSC Foundation Office, A-135. If you have any questions, please contact Brianne at x7856 or via email at bhutchin@irsc.edu
The Endowed Teaching Chair Program is made possible by contributions to the IRSC Foundation. Each Endowed Teaching Chair represents a contribution of $120,000 from one or more donors. Each Chair is named in honor of the donor(s) who have funded the Chair. Endowed Teaching Chair sponsors are recognized at an annual awards ceremony, as well as through appropriate publications and publicity.  For more information, or to support the Endowed Teaching Chair program through a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Ann Decker, Executive Director of the IRSC Foundation, at 772-462-4786 or via email at adecker@irsc.edu.
2017 Endowed Teaching Chairs Awarded

Four exceptional Indian River State College (IRSC) professors were surprised with Endowed Teaching Chairs from the Indian River State College Foundation in recognition of their outstanding teaching and to support new initiatives benefiting students and the community.

The recipients are Dr. Anne Drabczyk, Assistant Professor, Health Science Department with the Basil L. King Endowed Teaching Chair in Health Science; Dr. Joseph Palencik, Assistant Professor, Humanities Department, with the Patterson Endowed Teaching Chair in Humanities; Dr. Jodi Robson, Professor and Director of the Institute for Academic Excellence, with the  Susan H. Johnson Endowed Teaching Chair (Any Discipline) and Dr. Maria Salome E. Davis, Professor, Social Sciences Department, with the Marilyn C. Link Endowed Teaching Chair in Financial Management.

“Because quality of instruction is fundamental to IRSC’s mission, we feel that it is very important to recognize these outstanding faculty members and reward them with the resources to implement projects that will benefit students and the community and further contribute toward the excellence of the College,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President.

Dr. Massey and more than 30 IRSC administrators, faculty, and students surprised the recipients with balloons, flowers, and a miniature wooden “chair” for the surprise presentation. The recipients will be rewarded with an annual stipend of $6,000 a year for three consecutive years; $4,000 to implement their initiatives and improve instruction in their field of expertise and $2,000 in recognition of excellence in teaching.  The Endowed Teaching Chair program is made possible by contributions to the IRSC Foundation.

Dr. Anne Drabczyk will create a Healthcare Management Competency Co-Curricular focused on helping students in IRSC’s Health Care Management Program by including professional development service learning activities into their curriculum. 

Dr. Joseph Palencik will develop a reconceived model for service learning that utilizes a service-based instruction that places an emphasis on hands-on experiences, students will benefit from classes that fuse in-class learning, pathway completion, and career development. 

Dr. Jodi Robson will create the FACE Program, Fellowships for Advancing Colleagues to Excellence, which will engage faculty in active learning strategies that support student success and expand professional development opportunities for faculty at IRSC.

Dr. Maria Salome E. Davis will create the IRSC Center for Financial Literacy.   The Center’s mission is provide financial literacy educational programs, activities, and materials to assist students and the community in making informed financial decision-making. 

Endowed Teaching Chair Recipients
To date, the IRSC Foundation has awarded 53 faculty members with Endowed Teaching Chairs.   
BankAtlantic Endowed Teaching Chair
Richardson Endowed Teaching Chair in Business and Entrepreneurship
Banack Family Partnership Endowed Teaching Chair in Agriculture
J. Douglas Stephens Endowed Teaching Chair in Technology
Patterson Endowed Teaching Chair in Humanities
2017 - Dr. Joseph Palencik
Marilyn C. Link Endowed Teaching Chair Endowed Teaching Chair in Financial Management
2017 - Dr. Maria Salome E. Davis
Susan H. Johnson Endowed Teaching Chair
2017 - Dr. Jodi Robson
Basil L. King Endowed Teaching Chair in Health Science
2017 - Dr. Anne Drabczyk
Gladys Williams Wolf Endowed Teaching Chair in Communications
Community Endowed Teaching Chair in Fine Arts
J. Douglas Stephens Endowed Teaching Chair
If you have any questions, please contact Brianne Hutchinson at x7856 or via email at bhutchin@irsc.edu.


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