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Owens Community College Professor Receives Ohio Association for Developmental Education Award
Owens Community College Professor of Developmental Education, Dr. Carol O'Shea, has been named the Ohio Developmental Educator of the Year by the Ohio Association for Developmental Education (OADE). The award honors exemplary contributions and dedication towards the advancement of developmental education in the state of Ohio.
"Carol O'Shea is an exceptional member of the Owens Community College faculty," said Dr. Bruce Way, Owens Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division. "She brings to the College extensive knowledge and experience in teaching a variety of courses, especially within developmental education where she is recognized as a national expert."
Way added, "Through her involvement with professional and national organizations, Dr. O'Shea has been instrumental in strengthening Owens' developmental education offerings, ensuring each student the opportunity to achieve success."
The OADE Developmental Educator of the Year award is the highest honor bestowed upon one of its members. Selection criteria for the annual award are based upon an individual's dedication to the developmental education field through leadership in curriculum advancement, community outreach and overall ideals and practices within developmental education.
Founded in 1983, OADE was established with the mission of promoting developmental education in the state of Ohio. Consisting of more than 200 members, the organization is dedicated to improving the practice of developmental education at all levels of the academic spectrum and enhancing the professional capabilities of developmental educators.
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 from 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 was elected president of both the OADE and the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) during her career.
She has 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 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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.