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UC Clermont Professor Named 2017 Distinguished Alumnus
Sharon Burns, associate professor of English at UC Clermont, has been honored with the colleges 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
UC Clermont recognizes an outstanding alumnus each year. To be eligible, an individual should have distinguished themselves through significant professional accomplishment, made contributions to their community and attended UC Clermont College for at least one year. The recipient is honored during the academic year and addresses graduates at the colleges Commencement Celebration in April.
Burns, who earned an Associate of Arts degree at UC Clermont in 2001, has made a career of sharing her love of writing with students. After raising three children and working abroad as a missionary in Honduras, Burns returned to UC Clermont as a nontraditional student, then transferred to Main Campus to complete her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. She also worked at UC Clermont while pursuing her higher-level studies, from 2008 through 2010 as a part-time instructor and as assistant director of UC Clermonts Learning Center from 2009 through 2010 before joining the full-time faculty in 2010. She received the honor of tenure at the rank of associate professor in 2016 and is co-coordinator of UC Clermont Colleges English Composition Program.
Dr. Burns is a beloved and impactful writing instructor and has the accolades to prove it, said Katie Foran-Mulcahy, who serves as UC Clermont library director and associate senior librarian and was one of several colleagues who nominated Burns. Sharons commitment to our college community and students is unparalleled. In her, our students have a tireless advocate. I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Burns has won and been nominated for a number of teaching awards since 2009, including the UC Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching Award, National Council of Teachers of English Nell Picket Service Award, UC Clermont Promoting Excellence in Teaching Full-Time Faculty Award, UC Clermont Promoting Excellence in Teaching Part-Time Faculty Award, UC Clermont Promoting Student-Faculty Relations Full-Time Faculty Award, and the UC Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Recognition for Student Engagement. Her students also win accolades since 2011, six have won University Composition Awards.
Beyond the classroom, Burns is dedicated to helping other instructors reach students more effectively, developing the UC Summer Online Writing Institutes in 2013 through 2015 to improve faculty members abilities to teach writing online. She also has made more than 35 presentations at conferences and workshops and has published several journal articles about teaching with technology. Her latest noteworthy effort is organizing this Junes regional Conference on College Composition and Communication, which will bring instructors, students and writers from across the Midwest to UC Clermont and marks the colleges first time playing host to a national conference.
But for her part, Burns is quick to point out that the support of the Clermont community has been instrumental in her success. Im very humbled by this award. Theres something special about Clermont, Burns said. Of course, its the people. The place is unique as well, but I've had a lot of people who really believed in me and encouraged me. That has made all the difference. None of us do anything in a vacuum. I didnt get here on my own. Ive had an amazing support system, and I hope to provide the same support to my students now.
And creating that support means the indefatigable Burns isnt resting on her laurels; she has her focus squarely on the future of writing at UC Clermont.
Whats most exciting to me is where we are going to go, Burns said. There is a lot of potential. Were going to broaden the experience to reach more students, maybe students who are at different levels and places in their lives beyond the associates degree. I think what we offer students can only get better.
UC Clermont College will honor Burns as the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus at the colleges Commencement Celebration on April 28 being held at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland.
UC Clermont College is located in the center of Clermont County on 91 beautiful wooded acres in Batavia Township. The college is an accredited, open-access college offering more than 50 programs and degrees. UC East, a Clermont County expansion in the former Ford plant in Batavia Township, opened in the fall of 2010. It is home to UC Clermont's Allied Health programs. The college is part of the nationally recognized University of Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-732-5200 or visit www.ucclermont.edu
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