The Parkland College Professional Development Committee for Faculty has selected Peggy Boyce, associate professor and co-director of the college's Dental Hygiene program, to receive its 2014 Teaching Excellence Award.
Parkland's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning announced the selection Dec. 6, saying in a statement that Boyce is "well-respected by her students and colleagues for her passionate commitment to community dental health." A graduate of Parkland College, she holds a BA from Eastern Illinois University and an MA from the University of Illinois. She has worked at Parkland since 2007 and has more than 26 years in the dental care profession.
"Peg seeks to support students in attaining their educational goals by facilitating a personal connection with them so that they know she believes in their abilities, cares about their struggles, and desires to help them achieve excellence at Parkland and in their future careers," according to the statement. "Students in the Dental Hygiene program have noted the incredible learning experiences they have enjoyed with Boyce in the classroom and clinic, the community, and beyond."
Boyce volunteers as a board member for SmileHealthy, a local not-for-profit dental organization serving low-income residents. She has organized regular clinic rotations for her students through SmileHealthy; planned and participated in fundraising events benefiting the local community; and organized regional and international service learning trips providing care for underserved populations in Tennessee, New Orleans, India, and Guatemala.
She organizes and facilitates a Faculty Learning Series for full- and part-time faculty in the Dental Hygiene program. This series supports faculty learning in teaching methodologies, updates in accreditation standards, and assessment of student learning. Recently, Boyce has worked with program faculty to develop learning activities and authentic assessments to support students’ development of critical thinking skills. In addition, she has led an effort to discuss interprofessional education and common goals across the department of Health Professions.
Boyce articulates her view of teaching as a "responsibility to teach theory, content and skill, but also to value ethics and social responsibility, and to ultimately make an impact on our community." One colleague notes that Boyce "selflessly inspires and deeply cares for her students and peers" and that "her passion for [their] profession is contagious."