Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) honored four faculty and staff members with Emeritus Awards for 2018.
Begun in 2015, the award recognizes those retired and retiring faculty and staff who served lengthy careers of dedicated service to the college. To be considered, an individual must have served at least 15 years at EICC and made significant contributions to the college, communities and their disciplines or professions.
“We are blessed to have a number of individuals who, over the course of long careers have far exceeded what is required of them and have helped to create the culture of high aspirations and high expectations EICC works to maintain and develop today,” said EICC Chancellor Don Doucette. “These individuals have given of themselves both personally and professionally to move the colleges forward and to ensure our students have the best possible higher education experience. The individuals we honor here tonight represent the very best of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and are truly deserving of this recognition.”
Nominations are made by peers and supported by letters from colleagues, supervisors, students and community members. The nominations were reviewed by a selection committee that recommended recipients to the Chancellor with the final award bestowed by the EICC Board of Trustees.
2018 Emeritus Recipients
Jane Marlowe, Faculty Emeritus
Retiring 2018 as Developmental Education Instructor, Clinton Community College
An 18-year developmental education faculty member at Clinton Community College (CCC), Jane Marlowe has been described as a “calm, encouraging partner with colleagues, a competent and compassionate instructor, and a tireless advocate for our students.”
In addition to her devotion to students in her classroom, Marlow has been a tremendous leader for EICC. She has served as department chair, worked on numerous college and district committees, and served as board member for the Iowa Developmental Education Association.
Ten years ago she developed CCC’s Learning Communities, providing an opportunity for students to work and learn as a cohort, share the same teachers and build relationships with each other. Retention and persistence of the students in these cohorts outpaced that for other students, allowing many individuals to achieve academic success.
Marlowe has also served as the Phi Theta Kappa advisor at CCC, leading the chapter to Five-Star Status throughout her tenure as advisor. She has been recognized as a Distinguished Advisor by the National PTK, and the chapter has received the organization’s REACH Award for its membership growth.
Marlowe also served as the coordinator of peer tutoring for the college’s Student Success Center – hiring, training and supporting peer tutors who work with students needing assistance.
Lisa Miller, Staff Emeritus
Retiring 2018 as Dean of Students, Clinton Community College
Lisa Miller is an EICC home-grown success story. As a Scott Community College student in the 1980s, Lisa took her first job in Student Activities, making change for the pool players in the Student Life Center.
After working her way up through the ranks, she is retiring this year as Dean of Students at Clinton Community College after more than 30 years of service to EICC. Miller’s journey from student to leader has shaped her leadership style, providing her with personal insight and understanding of our students’ needs and inspiring her always to make decisions based on what is best for our students.
She has been instrumental in implementing several initiatives to improve students’ experiences, including the creation of common time for student activities, restructuring academic advising, redesigning the Student Services area, and setting up the CCC Cupboard, a service to students who need food and other basic life necessities.
Miller is deeply involved in college and district committee work, with special responsibility for leading the College Registrars’ team in planning and implementing several new and improved processes. She leads by example, and never asks her staff to do anything she would not do herself.
Throughout her tenure she has always made herself available to assist staff with their own growth, serving as a formal mentor to several staff as both a supervisor and a L.E.A.D. Advocate, and an informal mentor to many others.