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Cape Cod Community College Professor Nancy Willets Honored By Her Peers

Cape Cod Community College Professor Nancy J. Willets of Centerville, MA is a recipient of the 2017 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) "Distinguished Teaching Fellows" recognition. Awards were given on Friday, March 31, at a ceremony during the 108th annual convention in Boston. The teaching fellows program recognizes a distinguished career of teaching excellence in the field of communication and is limited to colleagues who have active and ongoing service to ECA. It is the highest teaching honor given by the ECA.

Professor Nancy WilletsCollege President John Cox praised Willets for her high academic achievement and recognition by her peers. “Our students’ greatest resource here are the highly skilled and very knowledgeable faculty who are deeply committed to their success. Professor Willets' recognition also shows how committed our faculty are to excellence in their own disciplines. I am proud to congratulate Nancy on such honors by her Association and peers," he stated.

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Susan Miller echoed the President’s praise, expressing, “Congratulations on receiving this honor from your professional organization for your commitment to teaching and learning in your discipline, and to your effort on behalf of community colleges.”

Reacting to the award, Willets noted her great surprise.

“This is a most prestigious award, and I was quite humbled to even be nominated.” She went on to note that, “In addition, the current president of the National Communication Association (NCA), Stephen Hartnett of University of Colorado at Denver, has asked me to lead a task force on community colleges and their impact on the communication discipline.  I have just selected my team from across the country and our work will be commencing this coming month and continuing through 2018. What is heartening about this task force is the clear recognition from NCA that the community colleges are a crucial part of their success and need to be respected and supported.”

NCA President Stephen Hartnett, reinforced the importance of the task given to Prof. Willets. “In short, the long-term health of our organization and the discipline rests in large part on the health of our community colleges. NCA is therefore launching a Task Force to help to understand the roles community colleges play in supporting student success, enabling the professional development of their faculty, and driving the long-term health of the discipline."

Professor Willets is a Past President of the ECA, and her work has been repeatedly honored by both Associations, among the most notable honors have been the ECA Distinguished Service Award in 2008; the first time the Association had ever honored a community college member with the award, and the NCA’s Michael and Suzanne Osborn Outstanding Community College Educator Award, earned in 2015. At Cape Cod Community College, Prof. Willets was recognized this past year (2016) by members of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, with its “Golden Apple” award, each year honoring the professor that provides the most noteworthy service on many levels to Chapter members.