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CLC recognizes Outstanding Faculty Award winners

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Apr 28, 2022

An instructor can be one of the most influential people in a student’s life. College of Lake County (CLC) recognizes one full-time and one adjunct faculty who go above and beyond to give students the best experience at CLC with the Outstanding Faculty Awards through the Illinois Community College Trustee Association (ICCTA). The 2022 winners are full-time biology instructor Shane Jones and adjunct political science instructor Ribhi Salhi.

Photo of Shane Jones helping a studentEvery year, ICCTA honors faculty at community colleges across the state that showcase outstanding work. Each college selects its own winners based on student nominations, and then state-wide winners for each category are chosen by ICCTA.

Jones started at CLC in fall 2004 when he was just 25 years old. In those nearly 18 years, Jones said a lot about his teaching style has changed.

“I was so young when I started here, and I had very little teaching experience,” Jones said. “Throughout the years, I’ve continued to accumulate knowledge and have done professional development to improve my ability as a teacher.”

Many students in Jones’ classes go on to work in the medical field, so he has high standards and keeps his students’ best interests in mind. Jones said he is willing to bend over backwards to ensure every student succeeds in his class.

“I try to be an easy going and approachable guy,” he said. “I’ll have conversations with students at 10 p.m. if that’s what works for them.”

Salhi may be called an adjunct faculty member, but teaching is his career. Outside of CLC, the political science instructor teaches at numerous other colleges in the area. He believes education is a lifelong effort, and for himself, that also means improving as an instructor.

“I've been teaching for a long time,” Salhi said. “Every year, I’ve learned something new. Knowledge has no boundaries, and the classroom should be a global one. Every time I finish a semester, or when I finish a certain topic of discussion, I ask myself what I can do better.”

Salhi takes pride in matching his teaching style to the personality of the class, with each one being different than the others.

“I fully understand the kind of missions and struggles my students face,” he said. “My job here is not only to educate them, but also to engage with them in a way that makes them understand the material. The strategies I use for teaching should always be evaluated.”

Jones and Salhi were recognized at CLC’s April board meeting.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.