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 $3,500 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 and recognition at ICC’s Annual Employee Recognition event.

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.

The President’s Office will announce the award winner by mid-April.

Endowed Teaching Chair 2019-2020 Application

Please list your teaching experience, beginning with the most recent. Include position, location, subject matter taught, and years
Please briefly describe classroom innovations you have implemented and the results achieved.
List publications, conference presentations, and/or awards, within the last five years include date and location.
List memberships and/or offices held in professional organizations and provide the dates.
In 250 words or less, please describe your teaching philosophy and describe how it coincides with ICC's mission, vision, and core values.
Please explain your professional project development plan. Provide an overall descriptive paragraph of the project or plans, goals, a brief timeline, and a basic itemized budget to include time, materials, and any equipment needed.
In a brief statement, please address how serving as the Endowed Teaching Chair will benefit student learning at ICC-thus provide a description of the intended outcomes/s and benefits of the project for ICC.
Describe the best method to present the outcomes of the project (poster session, open house, august celebration of learning, etc.).
Please submit three letters of recommendation (one must be from your Dean). The letters should support the applicant's candidacy and may include statements regarding teaching ability and innovation, success in teaching and learning, community involvement, publications and presentations, leadership in teaching excellence, etc. The letters may be from a student, colleague, supervisor, community member, etc.

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Dr. Thomas K. Thomas Endowed Teaching Chair Winners

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