Professor honored with President’s Award

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Deborah L. Stipp


Ivy Tech Community College-Northwest instructor Deborah L. Stipp has recently been awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.

Stipp, who serves as associate professor of social sciences at Ivy Tech’s Gary campus, has been with the college since 1997. Just one instructor from each of the college’s 14 regions is selected annually to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. These instructors have excelled in carrying out the college’s mission, and their superior instructional abilities have set them apart from their peers. Stipp will now be eligible for the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, the college’s highest honor for faculty.

Stipp has been instrumental in online course development through the college’s statewide distance learning department and was co-developer on several initial statewide single version courses.

She has also worked with Valparaiso University, Purdue University North Central and Calumet College of St. Joseph on articulation agreements in the area of liberal arts.

“Deb is very passionate about teaching and learning. She cares deeply about her students and genuinely wants to make a difference in their lives. Deb truly understands the community college student and what it takes to engage individuals in both face-to-face and online learning environments,” said Margaret Semmer, vice chancellor of academic affairs and student success for Ivy Tech’s Northwest and North Central Regions.

As an instructor at the college level, Stipp said she realizes that most students take her classes to satisfy a requirement for their associate degree.

“Many students elect my class based on word of mouth from other students – not because they will get an easy ‘A’ or that the coursework is simple, but because they have heard that I am caring, fair, honest, fun, and inspirational,” said Stipp.

“My hope is for each student to discover that each experience in life brings with it lessons to be learned; that students grasp their importance on this journey and that they are editing their script along the way. By gaining a greater self-knowledge, the students can relate in more positive ways with others along the path and that each will, as Gandhi challenges, ‘be the change they would like to see in the world.’”

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