SOWELA Instructor Darrell Buck Wins Statewide Educator Award

Digital Arts and Communication Educator Takes Home President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Louisiana Community and Technical College System Conference

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – October 12, 2023)

SOWELA Instructor Darrell Buck recently received the top honor at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) conference, the first SOWELA faculty member to receive the award since its inception. Buck beat out numerous Louisiana community and technical college applicants to take home the “President’s Award for Teaching Excellence” and the $5,000 cash prize.

“The achievement of the LCTCS President’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Darrell Buck is a great honor for not only Mr. Buck but also for SOWELA,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall. “This recognition substantiates the great quality of faculty that SOWELA has in all its programs. This honor speaks to Mr. Buck’s dedication, pedagogical expertise and student focus. Darrell’s devotion to his teaching discipline has been one of the major reasons the Digital Arts and Communication Program at SOWELA has experienced steady enrollment growth over the last few years. I am very proud of Darrell, and he is very deserving of this award.”

Buck is a Digital Arts and Communication Instructor and has worked at SOWELA for 10 years. He is a faculty advisor for SkillsUSA and won the “Pillar of SkillsUSA” award at the Louisiana SkillsUSA competition this past spring, among numerous other honors during his tenure. Buck is also the SOWELA Graphic Arts Club Advisor and serves on several college committees, including the Digital Arts and Communication Advisory Committee, SOWELA Student Art Show Committee and Honors Ceremony Committee. He is an Army veteran.

The “President’s Award for Teaching Excellence” aims to recognize an exceptional educator in Louisiana’s community and technical colleges. It is awarded annually to one teaching faculty member in LCTCS who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found in the statewide system of colleges. As part of the application process, Buck submitted a video showcasing his teaching style, abstract, letter of support from SOWELA’s Chancellor, syllabus and resume.

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