Association of Florida Colleges Names Broward College Faculty Member 2016 Professor of the Year
At the end of his classes Dr. Angel Rodriguez shows students a short video he produced called “Power of One.” This visual call to action was part of the Broward College science instructor’s dynamic presentation at the 2016 Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. His 15-minute lesson essentially built on the idea of the food pyramid, demonstrating how energy moves through the ecosystem. He also included a 3-D pyramid activity to provide a more hands-on way to grasp the concept. The faculty commission was impressed, awarding him the 2016 Professor of the Year.
It’s the latest accolade for Rodriguez, who has been named Professor of the Year twice at Broward College during his more than 25-year tenure. His list of accomplishments also includes being a past Stephen C. Barker Endowed Teaching Chair and the Motorola Endowed Teaching Chair.
When it comes to teaching, he has embraced technology and works hard to create curriculum that engages students. A traditional education was not something he was raised to strive for, and the Puerto Rican native said his parents thought graduating from high school was the best thing you could do. Since mom and dad didn’t know much about college, he turned to teachers to guide him.
After receiving his bachelor’s in marine biology, Rodriguez’s academics took him stateside where he attended the University of California, San Diego where he earned a master’s in oceanography and later a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Florida.
His passion for ecological conservation and education shine through in his work with local organizations, and the projects he helps coordinate on campus. Most recently Rodriguez collaborated with the Urban Farming Institute in Oakland Park and Tradewinds Park, and they are hoping to expand in the future.
Now he’s exploring the possibility of adding an apiary on campus. According to Rodriguez, right now the organization is the only place in South Florida to have a public place to raise bees for educational purposes. The idea is for the apiary to be an enclosed area with observation windows for people to see the bees moving about.
For Rodriguez, it’s a way to spark interest and create another motivating way to learn – it’s just another reason why this innovative teacher is worthy of being called Professor of the Year.
Check out his presentation at https://prezi.com/etcwxebg-srv/poy-presentation-food-webs/.