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BCTC computer and information instructor Tucker named Kentucky Professor of the Year

Cindy Tucker is the third BCTC instructor to be named Kentucky Professor of the Year (BCTC Photo)

Cindy Tucker is the third BCTC instructor to be named Kentucky Professor of the Year (BCTC Photo)


Cindy Tucker, Associate Professor in Computer and Information Technologies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), has been named the 2014 Kentucky Professor of the Year.

Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program celebrates outstanding instructors across the nation and is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education. Tucker was selected from nearly 400 top professors in the United States.

The Carnegie Foundation and CASE have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. Notified in October that she was selected, Tucker said she was “honored and pleased that this award highlights the excellence in teaching that Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers our local community. I work with an outstanding faculty who are very dedicated and passionate about the success of our students. This is a great opportunity to remind others about the quality education found in Kentucky’s community colleges.”

Deborah Holt, BCTC Assistant Dean of Business, Computer and Information Systems, nominated Tucker for the award.

“Cindy is one of the hardest working faculty members I have ever known,” said Holt. “She has shown excellence in teaching and has achieved major accomplishments in her career by championing women in computing.”

Tucker is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society and serves on ACM’s Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (ACM CCECC), devoted to advocacy and curriculum resources for computing education at associate-degree granting colleges throughout the world.

“Cindy is a member of the National Center for Women in Technology’s Academic Alliance and has been very instrumental in encouraging NCWIT to include community colleges in their efforts,” said Holt.

Tucker’s award was announced at an awards luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and at a reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where members of Congress were invited to join the celebration. The Folger Shakespeare Library is noted for its collection of William Shakespeare materials and other rare manuscripts and art.

Plans for Tucker’s academic future include continued work with her female colleagues to promote and advocate for women in computing. To this end, she is a co-sponsor of a student group, Bluegrass Women in Technology, which celebrates the contributions of women in computing and works to increase the recruitment and retention of women in computing disciplines.

Tucker is a co-coordinator of a regional Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing, the first and only GHC for community colleges, and is planning the second conference to be held at BCTC on April 10-11, 2015. She is passionate about encouraging and supporting women who are pursuing a computing profession and helping them persist and succeed in their endeavors.

Previous BCTC winners of the Kentucky Professor of the Year Award include 2007’s Carol Holzhausen Hunt, a retired Professor of English and Women’s Studies, and 2009’s Tracy Knowles, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science Technology.

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