SPSSI Two-Year College Teaching and Mentoring Excellence Award Winners
SPSSI 2020 Two-Year College Teaching and Mentoring Excellence Award
Dr. Lisa A. Kirby is Professor of English and Director of The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College, where she teaches writing and American literature. Dr. Kirby completed her Ph.D. in English at Texas Christian University. Her research areas include Working-Class Studies, 20th-century American literature, and women’s writing. Along with Dr. Laura Hapke, she is co-editor of A Class of Its Own: Re-envisioning American Labor Fiction (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008). Her work has also appeared in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Philip Roth Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Academic Exchange Quarterly. Dr. Kirby is also the founding Director of The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College, which seeks to raise awareness about issues of social class and work and to provide opportunities for collaboration among faculty, students, and community members. The center hosts an annual conference, sponsors a student organization, and seeks to raise awareness about the working class both at Collin College and in the community.
SPSSI 2019 Two-Year College Teaching and Mentoring Excellence Award
Dr. Mariana Vaillant Molina, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Miami Dade College. She earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Florida International University in 2011. Dr. Molina teaches several undergraduate courses in developmental and social psychology and often integrates undergraduate authentic research on social issues such as food insecurity and human trafficking. Her teaching incorporates a deep understanding and appreciation of research methods and often includes problem-based learning, service-learning experiences, and reflection. Dr. Molina is chairperson of the Student Interdisciplinary Symposium, a co-curricular annual event she designed, showcasing students’ scholarly work at Miami Dade College. Dr. Molina also serves as co-advisor for the Hialeah campus chapter of the International Honor Society of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa. She often mentors student members and officers with their honors programming in that role.