BCTC associate professor named 2009 Ky. Professor of the Year

Chad Mueller, Ben Chandler, Tracy KnowlesTracy Knowles, an associate professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), has been named as the 2009 Kentucky Professor of the Year. The award is administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Knowles was honored during an awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. In the last 20 years, BCTC is the only community college in Kentucky to have a professor earn this honor.

"I am honored to receive this award and to be recognized for doing what I love teaching!" Knowles said. The most rewarding aspects of teaching for me are enabling my students to mature and evolve into more confident learners and seeing my students becoming active participants in the environmental community. Knowles, an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science Technology, has taught at BCTC since fall 2000.

This is the second time a BCTC faculty member has been honored as Kentucky Professor the Year. Carol Holzhausen Hunt , a Professor of English and Women's Studies at BCTC, was named as Kentucky Professor the Year in 2007.

Photo: BCTC Associate Professor Tracy Knowles (right) was named as 2009 Ky. Professor of the Year. Knowles and BCTC Assistant Dean of Natural Sciences Chad Mueller (left) met with U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler (center) in Washington D.C. on Nov. 18.