The Oklahoma Association for Developmental Education recognized RSC’s Professor of Reading Chris Knox as the most Outstanding Developmental Educator of the Year for the state of Oklahoma at their conference held Oct. 30.
Knox was nominated by Dr. Francis Hendrix, RSC’s vice president of Academic Affairs, as well as several other faculty members and was chosen for the award based on her dedication in making Rose State's developmental education successful for the students, according to OKADE.
“Her desire to see students succeed in developing the foundation for their education epitomizes what OKADE wants to see in its Outstanding Developmental Educator of the Year,” said Stacey Frazier, instructor in language arts at Oklahoma State College and OKADE’s secretary.
Knox, who began teaching at RSC in 2003, described her passion for teaching as a desire to help break down subjects that are difficult for people to learn. Since then she has worked - and often volunteered - tirelessly to see students and community members succeed at their education, according to her nominations.
She spearheaded the formation of the Developmental Education Success Committee, a group that works to ensure the developmental needs of students are met, and she transformed the college’s rudimentary education program into the highly successful Community Learning in Critical Knowledge program that provides individualized support for students in reading, writing, mathematical and educational planning.
Working alongside Professor of English Toni Castillo, Knox also volunteered to host English as a second language workshops for developmental students whose first language was not English. These workshops evolved into the current ESL program that not only services students but the entire community following a grant proposal to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation that Knox helped write.
“This award is small recognition for Professor Knox’s long-term devotion to her students’ academic success, a devotion marked by her understanding of their need for personal encouragement and support as well as for reading instruction,” said Dean of Humanities Claudia Buckmaster.
For more information on the ESL, CLICK or reading programs, contact Humanities Division Academic Advisor Jeff Conkin at 733-7399 or at email@example.com.