Kim Gyuran, professor of speech communication, was named the 2015 Online Instructor of the Year by Modesto Junior College during the Fall Institute Day on August 21.
In presenting this year’s award Rebecca Ganes, the 2014 Online Instructor of the Year, noted that 257 nominations were received this year, with most of them coming from students.
Gyuran was praised for her dedication to instructional excellence and outstanding efforts in building and teaching effective and engaging online communications courses.
One of Gyuran’s students wrote in her nomination, “Her course is my favorite online course by far. The teacher is present every week with weekly videos and throughout the online course, has multiple videos of herself explaining the projects or assignments in depth. I've never felt confused or lost in this course. I've known exactly what to do, and every week has been easy to follow. You can tell that she puts in a lot of work into her online class and tries to make it easy to follow as well as enjoyable for her students.”
Gyuran joined the faculty of MJC in 1994 and teaches both online and classroom communications courses, including online Intercultural Communication classes, and Storytelling and Group and Organizational Communications in a classroom format.
A student nominator wrote of Gyuran, “The professor is so enthusiastic in her work if not more than enthusiastic because it seems that she's always online, always there to respond to our questions and very organized.”
Another student nomination noted, “It's like having a professor and cheerleader in one.”For more information on the 2015 Online Instructor of the Year award, contact the Michael Smedshammer, instructional design coordinator for distance education at (209) 575-6490.