Dr. David Ruffley

Colorado Mountain College faculty member Dr. David Ruffley speaks to graduating students prior to the graduation ceremony at the CMC Rifle Campus on Friday evening, May 1, 2015. At the ceremony Ruffley was named full-time Faculty of the Year for the campus. Photo Emily Chaplin

Every year employees and students at each of Colorado Mountain College’s campuses nominate adjunct and full-time faculty members for the Faculty of the Year Award. eNews will be profiling the 2015 honorees throughout the week. Today’s profile highlights Faculty of the Year from the college’s Rifle campus. .

Dr. Dave Ruffley and Gretchen “Greta” Jorgensen have been named 2015 full-time and adjunct, respectively, Faculty of the Year for Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Rifle.

One colleague who nominated Ruffley said he was “incredible in the classroom, more engaging and inspiring, not to say inspirational.” In her nomination Ruffley’s supervisor, Laura Hardman, said, “Dave has high standards and expectations for every student he teaches, and he works very hard to make sure they are successful in his class. Dave is admired and respected for this. He also has high expectations of himself.”

Gretchen “Greta” Jorgensen

Colorado Mountain College adjunct faculty member Gretchen “Greta” Jorgensen was named the Adjunct Faculty of the Year award for the college’s Rifle Campus. Photo Paige Polson

In nominating Jorgensen, one colleague, Tanya Doose, said, “Greta always lights up a room with her smile and happy spirit. She connects with her students and makes class fun.” And the campus dean, Rachel Pokrandt, said, “She is an adjunct who gives as much service and engagement to the campus as full-time faculty members. She has also taught a ground-breaking concurrent-enrollment-paired class that has elevated a number of our underserved students into a college pathway.”



Complete List of Colorado Mountain College 2015 Faculty of the Year Honorees :

Collegewide and Edwards full time: Carol Koch, Spanish

Collegewide and Edwards adjunct: Cynthia Bell, business

Aspen adjunct: Steve Stefferud, emergency medical technician

Breckenridge and Dillon full time: Joyce Mosher, English and communication

Breckenridge and Dillon adjunct: Mark Palz, written communication

Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley full time: Derek Johnston, photography

Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley adjunct: Klaus Kocher, photography

Leadville and Buena Vista full time: Roger Coit, emergency medical services and outdoor education

Leadville and Buena Vista adjunct: Danielle del Castillo Shelton, geography

Online learning full time: Kimberly Harding, science

Online learning adjunct: Erin Donovan, anthropology

Rifle full time: Dave Ruffley, history

Rifle adjunct: Gretchen (Greta) Jorgensen, science

Steamboat Springs full time: Steve Craig, mathematics

Steamboat Springs adjunct: Lee Cox, mathematics