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Posted on 06/20/13

Parrish Receives Excellence in Teaching Nomination

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Literature takes readers into a world of ideas.  Grammar allows writers to express their interactions in the world.  The interaction of the two, ideas and skills, keeps Rockingham Community College Assistant Professor, Tim Parrish, in front of the classroom semester after semester teaching English – both the skills of grammar and the ideas of literature.  It allows him to be flexible, offer fresh material, and keep discussions lively.

His devotion and attention to his subject matter earned Parrish the coveted nomination for the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012-13.  It is a nomination given to one instructor at each of the state’s 58 community colleges.  Of those, one will receive the award.  All, however, are invited to attend the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) meeting held each May in Austin, Texas, provided funding is available.


Whether or not Parrish wins the award or attends the NISOD meeting, he is satisfied.

“Receiving the nomination from students and colleagues was an honor in itself,” said Parrish.

Parrish did not necessarily plan to instruct English.  Although he was an assistant teacher in the English Department during his graduate school years at James Madison University, Parrish took a job in advertising after graduation.

“I loved it until I hated it; until it didn’t seem genuine.  Teaching is genuine,” said Parrish.

Teaching students with learning disabilities how to read took the place of composing advertising.  Teaching community college students followed.

“Education is about growth,” said Parrish.  “It challenges you to think about ideas and issues.  From that, you can become a better person.”

Therefore, Parrish is never bored.  He invests time to continue learning and hopes by example to instill lifelong learning in his students.  At RCC, Parrish has taught almost every English course offered – from developmental English to British literature.  He has loved it all.

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