Competing against faculty
members from four other Nebraska community colleges, Southeast Community
College’s Dan Fogell was selected to receive the Nebraska Community College
Association Faculty Member Award & Association of Community College
Trustees Regional Faculty Member Award presented Monday night during a ceremony
Fogell is a science
instructor at SCC.
“I am humbled and undeserving,”
Fogell said. “This is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s amazing enough that I
get paid to do this, because I enjoy every minute of it. But to be recognized
by peers, colleagues and other educators as an outstanding instructor, I am honestly
Fogell has taught at SCC for
13 years. Originally from Rhode Island, he was in the Air Force and ended up at
Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. He finished college at the University of
Nebraska Omaha with primary focuses of herpetology (the study of amphibians and
reptiles) and biology.
His favorite part about
teaching is the students.
“The most exciting time of
the academic year is the first day of classes each quarter when I get to meet a
new batch of learners,” he said. “SCC students are a diverse group of all ages,
creeds and nationalities, and they all have a story to tell about why they’re
here. I love listening to them.”
Fogell has many ideas he
would like to implement at SCC, including adding relevant transfer classes to
the science curriculum and offering more online biology courses for distance
He also would like to offer students
more opportunities to conduct science research projects.
Each year the NCCA seeks
nominations for a variety of state awards. Winners of those awards are eligible
for ACCT’s regional awards.