May 26, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Keith Krapf, assistant professor of life science at John A. Logan College, has a great enthusiasm for teaching.  That enthusiasm was recently recognized and rewarded as he was selected the JALC “Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member” for 2015.  It was his first time receiving this honor. 

“This is humbling and quite unexpected,” Krapf said.  “There are a lot of excellent faculty at the college, and it’s very nice to be honored by them.  There are many instructors at Logan deserving of this award.  I’m surrounded by outstanding, talented people, and I believe working with them makes me better at what I do.”

Mark Henson, associate dean for instruction at Logan, nominated Krapf for the award.

“Keith is a team player and is an excellent teacher and educator because he is also a good listener,” Henson said.  “He encourages his students to strive for the utmost success in his classes and in life in general.  He was among the first to be awarded a Center for Excellence Award at JALC for the introduction of technology in the biology labs, and he also developed an online human anatomy and physiology course complete with a lab component.” 

Krapf earned an associate degree in biology from Parkland College in Champaign.  He then completed a bachelor’s degree in education (life sciences) and a master’s degree in biology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Before going to work at JALC, he taught biology at the junior-high and high-school level and also worked as a forensic scientist for the Illinois State Police.

“I liked working for the state police,” Krapf said.  “I worked with some really good people and it was a very rewarding job.  While working there, I also taught biology part time at Rend Lake College.  Teaching is my true passion.  Both of my parents were teachers, and they had a big influence on me.  Teaching was kind of like our family business so when I got the opportunity to work at Logan, I jumped at it.  I love interacting with the students and I always try to push them to do better and help them reach their goals.”   

Krapf has worked at Logan for 24 years and teaches anatomy and physiology and biology.  He was the chair of the Life Sciences Department for six years and served one year as the Dean for Instruction. 

Cheryl Thomas, biology instructor and current chair of the Life Sciences Department at Logan, said she was pleased to see Krapf win the award.

“It is so nice for Keith to receive this honor,” Thomas said.  “It is always special for your friends and colleagues to recognize you for a job well done.  Keith works hard to put his students first and help them succeed.  He has been at the college for many years and has impacted the lives of so many students, and I’m sure he will continue to do so in the future.”

Krapf resides outside of Benton with his wife, Susan.  They have two daughters.  Their older daughter, Kayla, attended Logan this year and is studying music education.  Their younger daughter, Kara, is a junior in high school.

 

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