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Four Owens Community College Faculty Honored for Excellence in Education
Four Owens Community College faculty members have been chosen among educators statewide to receive the "Ohio Magazine's" inaugural Excellence in Education Award for their outstanding dedication and service in higher education.
Joan Berger, Associate Professor of Medical Imaging Technologies; Dr.Steve Culbertson, Professor of Communications and Humanities; Dr. Kerry Garretson, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Carol O'Shea, Professor of Developmental Education were four of the 100 educators named as the first-ever award recipients.
"These four Owens Community College faculty members are outstanding role models for our students," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. "Each award recipient has continually shown a devotion to the community and excellence in higher education, making them very deserving of the statewide honor."
For 25 years "Ohio Magazine" has celebrated the wonder and beauty of life in Ohio by highlighting individual leaders and unique places. The overall mission of the magazine is to reflect statewide values, advantages and achievements through insightful stories.
Selection criteria for the Excellence in Education Award is based upon nominees exhibiting outstanding dedication within the teaching profession, leadership in professional development activities and a commitment to students outside the classroom setting. Award recipients were selected by a panel of "Ohio Magazine" editors and are recognized for their accomplishments within the publication's December edition.
Berger joined Owens' faculty as an Associate Professor of Medical Imaging Technologies in 1989. She currently is responsible for continued development of Radiography II and VI, Radiobiology and Clinical Directed Practice and Seminar courses within the Health Technologies Division. In addition, she serves as a Clinical Education Coordinator at the College.
Her professional involvement includes membership within the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Active in the community, Berger regularly serves as a guest speaker at local high school career days and the Medical College of Ohio.
She earned a bachelor's degree in general studies from the University of Toledo. In addition, Berger holds professional certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and licensure with the Ohio Department of Health, Radiologic Technology Section. She resides in Toledo.
Culbertson, who joined the College's faculty in 1990, currently serves as a Professor of Communications and Humanities. While at Owens, he has played a significant role in developing several new courses, including World Civilization I and II, History of Women and Leadership Development, among others.
A resident of Fremont, Culbertson regularly speaks at local, regional and national events on a variety of historical topics and issues. Among his most recent speaking engagements include a Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and Culture, the Ohio Shakespeare Conference and the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and Museum. Culbertson has twice been nominated for the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Outstanding Teacher Award.
He holds a doctoral degree in English and a master's degree in English from Bowling Green State University. Culbertson received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Heidelberg College.
Garretson has been a member of the College's faculty for 31 years. Since 1984, he has served as a Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and is responsible for teaching General Psychology, Life Span Psychology, Educational Psychology and Child Development courses.
His professional and community involvement includes serving as co-chair on Owens' North Central Accreditation/Higher Learning Commission Focused Visit Steering Team and faculty advisor for Psi Beta National Honor Society. In addition, Garretson is a member with the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association. He is an honorary member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and a past nominee for the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Outstanding Teacher Award.
Garretson holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Toledo. The Delta resident earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University and is a licensed psychologist.
O'Shea joined Owens' faculty in 1993 as an Instructor of Communications and Humanities. In 1994, she was named Chair of the Developmental Education Department and now serves as a Professor of Developmental Education. During her tenure at Owens, O'Shea has been instrumental in developing and implementing several new courses for the Arts and Sciences curriculum, which includes Accelerated College Writing.
In 2002, O'Shea was chosen among developmental education experts nationwide to help lead a new initiative examining the transition of students from high school to college. The project is sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College. In addition, O'Shea has held several key positions with the Ohio Association of Developmental Education and the National Association for Developmental Education.
She earned a doctoral degree in rhetoric and composition and a master's degree in English literature from Bowling Green State University. O'Shea received a bachelor's degree within the majors of English literature and linguistics from the University of Toledo. She resides in Findlay.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.