Each year, Mt. Hood Community College recognizes outstanding part-time faculty for their contributions to teaching and learning — one of MHCC’s core values — along with community engagement and resource development. The 2012 Part-time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching goes to Zach Hudson and Andy Gurevich.
Hudson is a developmental reading and writing instructor in MHCC’s Academic Literacy program and recently began contributing to Advancement Via Individual Determination.
MHCC is just one of two colleges in the Pacific Northwest to offer AVID. Several local high schools offer AVID, including Parkrose, which features a unique set of teaching strategies and lesson plans.
Written nominations praised Hudson for developing the special skills, strength and dedication to help his students succeed in college. Hudson is an accomplished author of both scholarly work and fiction. Recently, he wrote a children’s book, “The Banjo,” which is illustrated by his father, Jere Hudson.
The second award was presented to Gurevich, during his world literature class. Gurevich teaches many topics in two divisions, English and Social Science, and consistently gets high rankings from his students.
He has an amazing breadth of knowledge that enhances all his classes, but his scholarship in the history of world religions adds depth to his teaching of world literature, according to the nominations.