Congratulations to our Butler Libraries 4th DEWEY Award Winner, Jeff Tymony, Professor of Criminal Justice/Sociology here at Butler Community College, was nominated by Librarian Martha Gregg.
To describe this outstanding faculty member's use of the library, she wrote:
Jeff is one of a dwindling number of instructors who insist on the importance of critical thinking and other skills being imparted to his students through the writing of a full scale research paper. He does not take NO for an answer – and insists upon each of his students understanding the process of research, outlines, drafts, and most importantly, the final completion of their papers. Yet, he guides them each step of the way in this process. He has stated that he wants to them succeed at a higher educational level, where these skills will be necessary for their continued success. These skills involve using the library collection, databases, an understanding of plagiarism and citing sources, writing, grammar and spelling, and organization.
Another important thing he does is accustom his students to being in the library and asking the library staff for help, thereby overcoming their fears of asking about and using its many resources. What Jeff does superbly well is teach - in the truest sense of the word - by ensuring his students come away with resources useful for their future academic and personal success. He doesn't let them off the hook!
Jeff, on a personal level, also uses the library and makes an effort to keep up with its new materials and online resources. He makes suggestions for purchases of materials that other instructors have found very useful in their teaching. He keeps up to date on the latest titles in the criminal justice and sociology fields, helping library staff do the same. His input is greatly appreciated, and his efforts have enhanced the library collection and its use by Butler students.