July 25, 2019 – Santa Fe College recognized three adjunct faculty members with the annual Adjunct Excellence Award. This year’s honorees, Stacey Breheny, Karen Jones and Ann Thebaut are being recognized for their dedication to the college, their profession and the community.
Stacey Breheny, part of SF’s Fine Arts department, teaches Art Fundamentals, 2-Dimensional Design, Drawing and Painting classes at the college. “Stacey is the epitome of what is best about adjuncts at SF,” department chair Alora Haynes said. “She is loyal to the college, goes out of her way to support all of her student’s success, academically and personally, she routinely participates in SF offerings for professional development, and she is a faculty mentor of the Art Gallery Club.”
Karen Jones, who teaches Spanish in the college’s Humanities and Foreign Languages department was called one of SF’s “most accomplished instructors and most thoughtfully engaged contributors to the development of foreign language policy” by department Chair Bill Stephenson. In her recommendation letter, professor Alicia Vonlehe called Jones a consummate professional and a strong advocate for students, adding “We don’t see our online colleagues every day so we often forget just how valuable their service to the college is.”
Ann Thebaut, who teaches Philosophy, was praised by department Chair Stephenson for making a “more positive and more indelible mark at SF than perhaps any adjunct faculty colleague I have had the pleasure of working with.” Thebaut founded SF’s Ethics Bowl team and has encouraged students to bring their learning out of the classroom and into the public sphere. Under her guidance, the team won the national two-year college championship in just their second year of existence.
Each of the honorees are receiving a monetary award, and SF President Jackson Sasser is scheduled to present them with plaques during Fall Convocation Monday, Aug. 19.
Congratulations to these fine educators!