April 3, 2014

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Two John A. Logan College instructors – one full-time and the other part-time – have been recognized for their work this year with two prestigious awards.

Tom Chandler, associate professor of sociology, was selected JALC’s “Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member” for 2014.  It is his first time receiving this honor.

Monte Franklin, math instructor, was selected Logan’s “Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member” for 2014.

Chandler, who began teaching at Logan in 2008, said he was surprised and pleased when he learned of the award.

“I didn’t see this coming,” he said.  “I was happy when I found out I had been nominated and to actually receive the award is a real compliment. Any time you are acknowledged for doing good work, it’s always a good feeling.”

Chandler teaches a variety of sociology courses, including Principles of Sociology, Diversity in American Life, Marriage and Family, Social Problems, and Social Work. 

“I think my favorite classes to teach are Principles of Sociology and Diversity in American Life,” he said. “Diversity allows me to get more in depth in issues, but principles allows me to showcase a wider range of what sociology offers.”

Chandler earned a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in sociology at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo.  He completed a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Mississippi.  Before coming to JALC, he taught sociology at East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City, Ark.

Chandler is engaged to Heather Evans. He currently resides in Carbondale.   

“Tom’s selection as Faculty of the Year acknowledges his commitment to students here at John A Logan College,” said Dr. Deborah Payne, Vice President for Instruction. “His sociology classes challenge students to examine societal issues and their own interaction with diverse groups. Tom serves in several committees and coaches our Scholar Bowl Team, which qualified to compete at the state level this year.”

Franklin is in his 13th year as a part-time math instructor on campus after a distinguished teaching and administrative career in Herrin.

“I was definitely surprised to hear of the award,” he said. “I didn’t think something like this would happen. It’s an honor.”

Franklin teaches two-to-three classes per semester. He graduated Herrin High in 1964 and went on to earn his math education degree from SIUC in ’68 and his master’s from the university in ’73 in educational administration.

After a one-year stint teaching at Benton Junior High, Franklin accepted a teaching position at Herrin, working at the junior high for 11 years and two additional years at the high school.

Franklin then embarked on an administrative career that covered 13 years as principal at West Side Elementary and another five years as principal at the newly built Herrin Elementary School.

He and his wife, Bonnie, also a retired teacher/librarian from Herrin, have two adult children, Laura and Dru.

Payne also praised Franklin’s work.

“Monte is a seasoned educator who has been an elementary principal and has taught math from elementary, junior high and college settings,” she said. “His forte is helping students understand mathematical concepts. His enthusiasm and collaborative nature endear him to students and colleagues alike. Both teachers are valued by students and colleagues.”