May 13, 2016

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE, IL, May 13, 2016– Nikki Borrenpohl, Instructor of English at John A. Logan College, became a teacher to make a meaningful difference in students’ lives. Her ambition was recently recognized and rewarded as she was selected the JALC “Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member” for 2016. It is her first time receiving this honor. 

Borrenpohl has worked at Logan for seven years, teaching English Composition I and II, Literature for Children, Introduction to Literature, and English Literature: Romanticism to the Present.

“I enjoy being able to help students grasp concepts that they can take with them into their future academic and career fields,” Borrenpohl said. “A strong foundation in written communication is essential in education.”

Kathleen Carl, Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Logan, was happy to see Borrenpohl win the award.

“Nikki handles every aspect of her work with exceptional competence and professionalism,” Carl said. “She is a compassionate teacher with high standards, and her students respect her and report that they enjoy her classes and find them valuable.”

Carl said Borrenpohl’s contributions to the college extend beyond the classroom.

“Nikki led the college on creating an effective process for assessing Information Literacy,” Carl said. “The depth of her experience in dual credit has been invaluable as she has served as a dual credit liaison and workshop coordinator.

“As co-coordinator of the Writing Center with Matt Garrison (Instructor of English), she has helped bring unprecedented numbers of students into the center, and she has created a number of vibrant online classes.”

Borrenpohl said she finds teaching online classes rewarding.

“I teach a lot of courses online, which is really satisfying, especially when I get to work with nontraditional students or those who can’t attend classes in the conventional way” Borrenpohl said. “It is good to be able to help them further their education through the online opportunity when they may not be able to attend school any other way.”

Borrenpohl earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in French from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in English with a focus on American Literature post 1865 from Clemson University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in technical communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech. Before coming to Logan she taught English at Rock Falls High School in northern Illinois and also taught part-time at Sauk Valley Community College.

Unfortunately, due to the state budget impasse, Borrenpohl is scheduled to be laid off from Logan at the end of this semester. But she is hoping to be called back.

“I love to teach and interact with students,” Borrenpohl said. “It’s always fun to hear back from them after they have moved on and find out all the great things they’ve done with their lives. As faculty, we encourage them and root for them, and it’s wonderful to see them succeed.”   

Carl is also hopeful Borrenpohl will be teaching at Logan again.

“I’m proud to call Nikki a colleague and friend,” she said. “I look forward to her recall.”

Originally from Kernersville, N.C., Borrenpohl now resides in Carbondale with her husband and three children.

 

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