OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Ellyn Mulcahy, associate professor, science, Johnson County Community College, the 2010 Kansas Professor of the Year. Mulcahy was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States.
(PressZoom) - OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Ellyn Mulcahy, associate professor, science, Johnson County Community College, the 2010 Kansas Professor of the Year. Mulcahy was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States.
As a faculty member at JCCC since 2005, Mulcahy has educated, supervised and mentored undergraduate students, laboratory staff and adjunct faculty. She has contributed to the development of JCCC’s biotechnology program through revision, design and implementation of curricula and developed and implemented online courses from existing traditional biology courses. She also developed curricula for two new classes — one in biology, one in biotechnology.
She prepared and implemented bioscience grant proposals including Department of Commerce, WIRED, Perkins Leadership, National Science Foundation and Department of Agriculture grants.
In continuing education, Mulcahy developed and implemented classes for health care professionals on the topics of antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism, cultural competency, epidemiology and infectious disease.
Mulcahy was named a JCCC College Scholar in 2008 and received a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Faculty Achievement Award in 2009.
She currently teaches Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Biotechnology, Methods in Biotechnology and Laboratory Safety.
A native of Ireland, Mulcahy received her bachelor of science degree in microbiology with honors from the University College Cork, Ireland, and her doctorate in microbiology from Creighton University, Omaha. She completed postdoctoral research at the University of Kansas Medical Center on prion diseases and HIV neuroinvasion and a master’s of public health degree with honors. Her thesis was the Development and Evaluation of a Health Educational Intervention for Somali Bantu Women Refugees.
She has continued her studies on ways to educate non-literate female Somali refugees about maternal health and relevant chronic diseases. She has published numerous publications on prion proteins and HIV and on health education for Somali Bantu women refugees.
CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. This year there are 46 states winners selected for extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, which is demonstrated by excellence in the following areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contribution to community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students.
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