Faculty & Staff

Endowed Teaching Chair

The Dr. Thomas K. Thomas Endowed Teaching Chair Program at Illinois Central College recognizes teaching excellence each year. Specifically, the program looks for teachers who exhibit distinction in one or more areas:

  • Student-centered instructional philosophy
  • Commitment to teaching
  • Contribution to ICC’s mission and values
  • Instructional innovation
  • Impact on Community

The Endowed Teaching Chair awards a stipend of up to $5,000 or equivalent in release time to the faculty awardee. The stipend supports faculty plans to improve instruction or enhance professional development. Successful candidates also receive an engraved plaque, with a medallion. The announcement will be made at ICC’s Annual Employee Recognition event on April 16, 2021.

The Endowed Teaching Chair is made possible through the Educational Foundation by the support of individuals, corporations, and organizations committed to the “art and science of teaching”. The Endowed Teaching Chair is named for retired ICC President, Dr. Thomas K. Thomas.


Full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty are eligible. Recipients must maintain continuous, full-time employment at ICC.


A screening/selection committee will review and score each application with equal emphasis on:

  • The overall application, teaching philosophy, and faculty activities/awards
  • Professional Project Development Plan

The committee may ask for a brief interview with final candidates, if necessary.

The committee will forward its recommendation to the Vice President of Academic Affairs who will share the recommendation with the Executive Cabinet.


  • Academic Affairs will administer the Professional Development Plan. Reimbursement will be authorized through the Dean of the faculty member’s department according to current procedures.
  • Changes to the Professional Project Development Plan must be submitted to Organizational Learning in writing in advance of any commitment for reimbursement.
  • At the completion of the plan, the recipient must submit a report to Academic Affairs. The timeline for completion of the plan or project is July 1 of the following academic year.
  • The faculty member will be invited to share the results of his/her Professional Development Plan with the Educational Foundation Board, the College Board of Trustees, and other groups as deemed necessary.

Endowed Teaching Chair 2022-2023 Application

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 27, 2022 @ 11:59pm

The Deadline for submissions has passed.

Dr. Thomas K. Thomas Endowed Teaching Chair Winners

2021-2022 – Elizabeth Baldridge Professor, Humanities (Creation of a resource site to prepare incoming adjunct faculty, giving them the ability to teach any course in the department’s writing sequence within one week and support them throughout the semester)

2020-2021 – Melissa Grunow Associate Professor, Humanities (Creation of a web-based student literary magazine)

2018-2019 – Bryan Asbury Assistant Professor, Arts & Behavioral Sciences (Creation of a selection of contextualized and embedded sections of COMM 110. COMM 110 would be modified and tailored across a number of CTE programs while complying with ICC and IAI standards and learning outcomes and designed with general themes applicable across the tiers of job readiness.)

2016-2017 – Jennifer Hopp Professor, English, Humanities & Language Studies &
Mary Phelps Clayton Assistant Professor, Social Sciences & Public Services 
(Joint Project to develop an introductory course for faculty: Teaching Online at ICC.)

2015-2016 – Professor Jennifer Costa Arts & Communication Academic Integrity: Decreasing Plagiarism Project