(Shelby, NC) – This year’s Excellence in Teaching recipient is Dr. Starr Morrow Camper, department chair of Social Sciences. Dr. Camper has been teaching history and political science at Cleveland Community College for 22 years and earned her doctorate in women’s history with a minor in Russian history and political science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in history and also attended Isothermal Community College where she received an Associate in Arts degree. In 2002, Dr. Camper received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Isothermal Community College and was also the Excellence in Teaching Award recipient at Cleveland Community College in 1996.
Dr. Camper says her greatest honor in winning the Excellence in Teaching Award is that a student felt she was deserving enough to take time to nominate her. “Teaching is one of my greatest passions, and to be recognized is amazing. I am blessed to work with a group of outstanding colleagues, each of whom is an excellent instructor. CCC gave me a wonderful opportunity years ago and I will be forever grateful,” she says.
When she is not in the classroom, Dr. Camper says she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Wes, their three recue animals, and also reading anything written by Clive Cussler. She says she also loves being actively involved with her sons, Scott and AJ, at their school-Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. Dr. Camper also serves as Sunday school director at Bethany Baptist Church and volunteers at Grace of God Rescue Mission, Path Shelter, and Noah’s home. She and her family live in Forest City, North Carolina.
Barbara McKibbin, dean of Learning Resources, is the 2014 Outstanding Staff Member Award recipient. McKibbin has served at the College for 23 years and began her career as the Director of Library Services. Since that time, she has also served as Library Director. McKibbin earned a Master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Gardner-Webb University.
McKibbin is currently serving as president of the North Carolina Community College Learning Resources Association and says, “I was honored to be considered for this award as I see the hard work and dedication of so many of the employees of Cleveland Community College who are also deserving of the recognition. I love working at Cleveland, and particularly in the Rose Library because I constantly see how our efforts make a difference for students. It is very gratifying to be recognized for what I do, but what we have accomplished in the Library and Learning Resources Department is a result of a team effort,” she adds.
McKibbin and her husband, Barry, reside in the small community of Delight in upper Cleveland County.