Faculty Awards

These awards recognize the instructors who go above and beyond in creating excellent learning experiences to Western’s students. Nominees are individuals who exemplify great instructor characteristics and provide Western students with high quality, student centered, and active learning opportunities.  For 2024, the following professors were recognized at an employee banquet. 


Innovative Educator Award:

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Kayla Hawley
Instructor of Business and Information Systems

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Josh Holmes
Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Excellence in Teaching Award:

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Lance Caldwell
Instructor of Powerline Technology

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Shelby Williams
Associate Professor of Nursing