MGCCC instructors selected for state Humanities Teachers of the Year awards

November 22, 2013
Javier Gomez

Javier Gomez presented “Making Global Connections with Canvas Computing” at the Jackson County Campus on Nov. 21. Gomez was one of three teachers from MGCCC selected for 2013 Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Humanities Teacher Awards. The other instructors were Susan Bosarge, from the Jefferson Davis Campus, and Jason Shows, from the Perkinston Campus.

Three Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College instructors have been chosen to receive the 2013 Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) Humanities Teacher Awards. Javier G. Gomez, Jackson County Campus; Susan Bosarge, Jefferson Davis Campus; and Jason Shows, Perkinston Campus, will each receive a cash prize for the honor.

Honorees were required to give presentations of their work. The presentations were the following:

  • Jason Shows – Perkinston Campus – Oct. 24 –“Latin America: From Independence to the Great Depression” provided a look at the history of Latin American countries during post-colonial times and how the Great Depression affected them.
  • Susan Bosarge – Jefferson Davis Campus – Nov. 18 – “How Technology and Other Distractions have Impacted Our Focus” is an investigation on research pertaining to the short term and long-term ramifications of shortened attention, the distraction of technology and the idea of multitasking.  It also offers a discussion of tips and exercises that may increase attention and focus.
  • Javier G. Gomez – Jackson County Campus – Nov. 21 – “Making Global Connections with Canvas Computing” is a presentation that will provide attendees with a creative method of teaching, assessing and keeping a digital record of their best works.  Included are samples of the many benefits of incorporating electronic portfolios that support the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages’ 5C’s Standards: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.

October is Arts and Humanities Month, proclaimed by the president and governor. MHC selects honorees annually from each of Mississippi’s colleges and universities in the fields of English, history, music, art and philosophy during that month.

The Mississippi Humanities Council will hold an awards banquet honoring the selected instructors from colleges and universities on Feb. 28, 2014 in Jackson.

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