For our faculty, providing students with the best education possible is an essential part of their job. Still, many take that responsibility seriously and go beyond the call of duty to ensure student success. Every year, Broward College takes pride in honoring some of our outstanding faculty members for their work inside and outside the classroom. 

This year, even as we face the challenge of a pandemic that changed the traditional classroom experience for many students and faculty, it is just as important to recognize the commitment, dedication, and creativity faculty display in serving students.  The 2019-20 Professor of the Year Awards celebrates nine outstanding full-time and part-time professors on each of the College’s main campuses, including online. The professors, some of whom are Broward College alumni, were nominated by their peers and students. A committee reviewed the nominations on each campus. 

The awardees are:  

A.Hugh Adams Central Campus

Laura Raymond
Laura Raymond

Professor Laura Raymond is a proud Broward College alumna and the first in her family to attend college. She graduated with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies. Professor Raymond went on to earn Bachelor of Arts in Communicationsand a master’s in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida. She joined Broward College in 2014 and currently teaches Introduction to Speech Communication and Public Speaking. Professor Raymond also serves as the Chair for the Gay-Straight Alliance and NextGen clubs at the College. 

Dr. Noelle Crooks
Dr. Noelle Crooks

Dr. Noelle Crooks has been an assistant professor of Psychology at Broward College since 2014. She is the co-advisor of the Broward College chapter of the Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology and the Central Campus Psychology Club and was also a recipient of an Aspen Faculty Innovation Grant for her work on the #firstgenproud campaign which focused on first-generation college students at Broward College. Dr. Crooks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s and a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Wesley B. Wright
Wesley B. Wright

Professor Wesley B. Wright is another Broward College graduate. He holds degrees in Print Media, Creative Writing, and a specialty in Forensic Linguistics. He teaches in the English department. Before joining Broward College as a professor, he was awarded multiple gold and platinum albums as a successful musician and songwriter. Professor Wright believes that the key to being a successful professor is having an interactive relationship with every student in the classroom. 

 

Michael O Neill
Michael O Neill

Professor Michael O’Neill joined Broward College in 2011 and has taught National Government, Introduction to International Relations, State and Local Government courses, as well as Strategies for Success. Professor O’Neill earned a master’s in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. He has also worked with the Broward College Academy at Central and North Campuses since 2014. 

 

North Campus 

Valorie Elbert
Valorie Elbert

Professor Valorie Elbert joined Broward College in 2001, first as an adjunct professor, then and transitioned to full-time in 2017. She is an assistant professor of English on North Campus and the North Campus Honors Coordinator. Professor Ebert is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation on the many intersections of science fiction and fantasy literature. She is also the first vice president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and serves as the chair of the Honors Committee. 

Judson A. Samuels South Campus 

Rhonda Bob
Rhonda Bob

Professor Rhonda Bob  has served at Broward College for more than 20 years. She is an assistant professor of English for Academic Purposes on South Campus, where she teaches Grammar and Composition, Phonetics and Communication, and Reading. Professor Bob is a 2020-2022 faculty senator and has been accepted into the 2020 Cohort of the President’s Leadership Academy. She was also the 2014-15, 2015-16 Broward College South Campus Adjunct Professor of the Year. 

Dr. Brandi Coverson-Ridore
Dr. Brandi Coverson-Ridore

Dr. Brandi Coverson-Ridore  joined Broward College in 2011, teaching Introduction to Public Speaking and Introduction to Communication courses. Professor Coverson-Ridore holds a Bachelor of Science in media and Communications, a Master of Arts in Media and Communication, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education. With more than ten years’ experience teaching at various institutions, she loves motivating students inside and outside of the classroom. 

Online 

Jillian Wojcik
Jillian Wojcik

Professor Jillian Wojcik is a professor of Psychology who has taught at the College for more than seven years. In addition to teaching, Professor Wojcik designed the four fully online Psychology courses offered by Broward College Online. She completed the year-long course in Effective Teaching Practices through the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) while also serving as a member of the General Education Task Force. Professor Wojcik is also a Quality Matters Certified Master Reviewer, serving on national peer review teams to improve online course quality. 

Jason Aiken
Jason Aiken

Professor Jason Aiken joined Broward College in the fall of 2015. He teaches Economics. He began his career as a professor in 2005, serving in the Broward County Public Schools. In addition to teaching, Professor Aiken serves on the Broward UP Retention Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Math-Economics and Physics from Ithaca College in New York and has made academic contributions to the Florida Council on Economic Education.  

Congratulations to our 2019-20 Professors of the Year!  

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