On Friday, November 19, 2022, Midland College (MC) awarded two professors with the
Dr. Stan Jacobs Teaching Excellence Award at a ceremony and celebration of teaching
in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room.
Thanks to a generous endowment started by Dr. Jacobs, retired Associate Vice President
of Instruction, Betty Clements and Norman Cremeans each received a cash award, and
their name will be inscribed on a plaque in the Pevehouse Administration Building.
Clements is professor and department chair of Communications; Cremeans is professor
of Automotive Technology and Diesel Technology.
The Teaching Excellence Awards are a long-standing tradition at Midland College, an
institution that prides itself on quality teaching and a superior faculty. In fact,
current MC President Dr. Steve Thomas won the award twice when he taught psychology
courses at the college in the 1980s.
“The core foundation of Midland College is teaching and learning,” Dr. Thomas said.
“MC is one of the best community colleges in the state because of our outstanding
This year, the award name was changed to the Dr. Stan Jacobs Teaching Excellence Award
to recognize Jacobs’ gift to the college which increased the award amount from $1,500
to $5,000. As he celebrates 50 years of teaching and as MC celebrates its 50th anniversary
in 2022, Dr. Jacobs decided it was the perfect time to start this endowment.
“Teaching excellence is important to any institution you feel a part of, and I feel
a part of MC,” Jacobs said. “What better investment is there than one in the health
of an institution like MC!”
As he looks back on his life, Dr. Jacobs said he is most proud of his tenure at MC.
He never dreamed he would be at the college for 50 years.
“The college kept growing and good things kept happening, so I never thought of leaving,”
Each year two faculty—one from academic transfer programs and one from career/technical
programs—receive the award, which is given to professors who have made significant
contributions to the intellectual life of the college through innovation in the classroom
and commitment to students.
Photo: Left to right, Dr. Steve Thomas, Midland College President, Betty Clements
and Norman Cremeans, 2021 teaching excellence winners and Dr. Stan Jacobs, award benefactor