May 12, 2023
Story and photo by Joe Vinduska
Five Barton instructors earned the Distinguished Instructor Award (DIA) for the 2022-2023 academic year for their outstanding efforts in the classroom and received their awards at Barton’s commencement ceremony Friday evening in the Barton Gymnasium.
The recipients were:
Kara Brauer - Nursing Instructor - Barton County Campus
James Hill - Hazardous Materials and Occupational Safety and Health Instructor - Grandview Plaza Campus
Jason Murray - Business Instructor - Adjunct Faculty
Sue Simmons - Leadership Instructor - Fort Riley Campus
Roni Wertz - Early Childhood Education Instructor - Barton County Campus
The DIA recognizes excellence in teaching. The College’s Faculty Council accepts nominations from employees and students. A screening committee reviews the nominations and makes the selections. Criteria for the award include contributions to teaching and learning, alignment with the College’s mission, and community service. A plaque reflecting the names of the award recipients is displayed in the Barton Library.