Department Chair Excellence Award

Anne R. Snyder Department Chair Leadership Program

Through the estate of Anne R. Snyder, the IRSC Foundation has developed the Anne R. Snyder Department Chair Leadership Program. This program has two components:

Anne R. Snyder Department Chair Leadership Academy provides leadership training for all IRSC department chairs. This academy is coordinated for the IRSC Employee Development Program. 

Anne R. Snyder Department Chair Excellence Award is an annual award presented to a department chair who has demonstrated outstanding leadership. The recipient is announced at the annual Golden Medallion Endowed Teaching Chair Awards event and receives a $1,000 stipend.
All full-time and adjunct faculty members are eligible to submit nominations for review by the Selection Committee. Department Chairs can also nominate themselves.  The nominee must currently be a department chair and must have completed one year or more as chair to be eligible. The nominee must have attained continuing contract status (tenure) based upon notification dates as specified within the Faculty Handbook.
Selection is based on the nominee’s:
  1. Demonstration of outstanding leadership
  2. Demonstration of curricular innovation
  3. Promotion of student success
  4. Overall contribution toward achievement of the College Mission
The 2018 recipient of the Anne R. Snyder Department Chair Excellence Award is Donna Sizemore, Adult Education Department Chair (pictured above). Sizemore began her decades-long career at IRSC as a student. Her dedication to and passion for education has led her to earn multiple associate degrees, a Bachelor’s degree, and a Master’s degree in education.
She has served IRSC in staff and faculty capacities—as secretary, vocational transition specialist, instructor, assistant professor, and now department chair—and has helped obtain thousands of dollars in grant monies to provide scholarships and much needed classroom technology for IRSC students and instructors. During her time in Adult Education, the department was distinguished with the Chancellor’s Award for the Best Adult Education Program in the State of Florida. “Throughout her career, Donna has added immense value to IRSC, helping students overcome multiple barriers in education,” shares IRSC President, Dr. Edwin Massey. “She is passionate about IRSC and its students and ‘walks the walk’ and ‘talks the talk’ when it comes to supporting and preparing students seeking higher education.”
Previous recipients include:
2017 - Dr. Elliot Cohen, Philosophy
2016 - Dr. Kelly Amatucci, School of Education
2015 - Dr. Georgette Rosenfeld, Respiratory Care
2014 - David Moberg, Fine Arts Department
2013 - Gale Cohen, Ph.D., Human Services
2012 - Carole C. Amole, R.N., Nursing
2011 - I. Frank Harber, Ed.D., School of Business
2010 - Sherry L. Bowen, Biological Sciences
2009 - L. Dale Hayes - Educational Services
2008 - April D. Van Camp, Ph.D., English/Communications/Modern Languages
2007 - Judith A. Martin-Hall, English As A Second Language
2006 - Alice Serey, D.N.P., Nursing
2005 - Neila R. Bird, Ph.D., Learning Assistance
2004 - Jimmie B. Vandegrift, Computer Information Technology and
            William A. Tyler, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

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