John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award 2019 Recipients

North Seattle College faculty members, Caroline Pew and Jamie Wilson, were recently recognized for their commitment and contributions to higher education with the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards.

Pew and Wilson will have the opportunity to attend the League’s annual conference held in New York City in February 2019.

The Excellence Awards were created in 2012, specifically for community college faculty and staff. Recipients are recognized by the League for Innovation in the Community College at the annual Innovations Conference. Recipients receive a certificate and medallion to honor their achievements.

“Ms. Pew and Mr. Wilson have infused exceptional innovation and proficiency into their departments and unleashed boundless opportunities for their students through their work,” said Dr. Warren Brown, president of the college. “We are appreciative for their unwavering passion and thank them for their devotion to our students and the college.”


Caroline Pew, Science Faculty
Caroline Pew joined North in 2016. Pew is a multidisciplinary science faculty member who teaches in Chemistry and Earth, Space, & Environmental Science. Pew’s experience and training lend themselves to successful face-to-face, online and hybrid modalities.

Pew mixes traditional lecture with interactive learning. In nomination letters for the award, Pew was praised for fostering relationships between her students to help the whole group be successful in their learning. To promote group cohesion within her classes, Pew arranges group office hours for students to work together accompanied by her guidance, creating a strong learning community and providing an opportunity for students to take ownership of the material through peer tutoring.

Beyond the classroom, Pew serves as North’s chemistry club advisor and is a member of the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee. She also participates in a myriad of college and Seattle Colleges district activities, serving as a member of the eLearning and Faculty Development committees for the district and participates in North’s faculty and staff learning community on equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition to her role at North, she teaches in the University Beyond Bars program.

“I see the opportunity for wonder and curiosity all around us,” Pew said. “By tapping into this natural inquisitiveness, I believe every learner can be engaged at their level of understanding and background.”


Jamie Wilson, English Faculty
Jamie Wilson joined North in 2012. Wilson is a priority-hire faculty member in the English department, and has immersed himself into North by serving as an active participant in his department, the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences division, and other campus initiatives.

Wilson serves as the Faculty Development Coordinator for the English department and has built upon and expanded the work of his predecessor with a project geared towards building a pedagogic community with part-time faculty. In addition to working with programs already in place, Wilson was credited in his nomination letters for introducing innovative ideas from other institutions and conferences with the objective to improve support and services for faculty members at North.

Wilson demonstrated an innovative contribution to campus by choosing the theme of food sustainability for his English Composition course. He collaborated with the Student Leadership Sustainability Board, NSC Sustainability Office and the Director of Food Services in order to bring different perspectives to the course. Students explored how and why decisions are made institutionally, locally, and globally. Several students presented their findings as they pertained to NSC to the College Council, North’s governing body on matters vital to the college’s mission.  

Wilson has been heavily involved with North’s Coordinated Studies program, most recently creating a course with history instructor, Cristobal Borges, that examined how TV movies and online media influence perceptions of U.S. history and multicultural experiences. Students from the class created by Wilson and Borges presented at the college’s Making Learning Visible Symposium and the display was among the most innovative and noteworthy, according to nomination letters.

“Strong writing isn't the product of late night fits of inspiration; it takes shape and evolves over time. I'm all about teaching students how to work together to use the writing process to produce their best work,” Wilson said. “I love helping people overcome obstacles, reach their goals, and surprise themselves with what they can accomplish.”

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 at 15:55:46

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