Jim Laughton, a member of the communication and arts faculty at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, was recently honored with the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award.
The annual Roueche Excellence Awards, presented by the League for Innovation in the Community College to deserving community college educators throughout the country, were established in 2012.
The awards are named in honor of John E. and Suanne D. Roueche, leaders in the community college field and early proponents of the idea that teachers have major responsibility for how well students perform in the classroom. The Roueches have been partners and friends of the League for Innovation in the Community College for more than 35 years. Award recipients from throughout the nation will be recognized during the League’s 2014 Innovations conference in early March, in Anaheim, Calif.
Laughton serves as composition coordinator for the college’s English Department.
Dr. Anita Jones, dean of the communication and arts division, said Laughton mirrors the criteria for the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence award: outstanding teaching, leadership and learning.
“Jim has an innate ability to engage and connect with fellow faculty and students. Through teamwork and a very positive attitude he has earned the respect of all faculty, staff and administrators,” Jones said.