Aaron Almanza: 2023 POY Finalist

Associate Professor,  Developmental Communications 

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Ballot Information

College Service

  • Co-Winner in Innovation of the Year Award with COM 101 Bridge Program (2017)
  • Collaborated with Dev. Com faculty for COM 085 unit test norming assessments (Spring 2018)
  • Contributed my Chicago Marathon story to November 2014 Learning Enrichment / College Readiness department newsletter
  • Conducted voluntary out-of-class review sessions for COM 085 final exam
  • Composed letters of recommendation on students’ behalf
  • Developed curriculum for new COM 088—Introduction to Composition—course (2022)
  • New Faculty Orientation Guest Speaker for First-Year Faculty as a Second-Year Faculty member (August 2014)
  • New Faculty Orientation Guest Speaker at the Second-Year Faculty NFO meeting (March 2016)
  • Nominated for Professor of the Year (2017)
  • Nominated COM 085 students for COM 090 bypass in Fall 2013 for COM 101 Bridge Course
  • Nominated three COM 085 students and three COM 090 for Recognition from the Dean letters
  • Participated in Moraine Reads with You Tube video sharing my audiobook experience with William Least Heat-Moon’s book Blue Highways
  • Promoted MVCC Tutoring Center via video with Tutoring Center Rep
  • Proofed COM 090 Writer’s World text for Customized textbook use for Fall 2015
  • Served on Graduation Line Up Team
  • Scored student essays for SGA Applications
  • Served as Tutoring Center Consultant
  • Writing Center Consultant (2022 – Present)

Community Service

  • Coach Girls Softball for Oak Forest Park District
  • Serve on Anchor Church Palos Connections Team in Palos Heights, Illinois
  • Volunteered for Fierke Elementary School Christmas and Valentine’s Day Parties in Oak Forest, Illinois (2022 – 2023)