Mid Michigan Community College sociology professor, Chuck Bowden, was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Member Award for 2016 through the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). This annual award recognizes one Michigan community college faculty member for his or her teaching achievements, service, honors, and strong commitment to the purpose and philosophy of the community college mission.
Since joining MMCC in 1976, Bowden has developed courses and expanded the Sociology program from an initial offering of four total sections with three courses to the 26 sections and eight separate courses currently offered. Because of these efforts, MMCC now offers more sociology options for students than any other community college in Michigan.
About his award, Bowden said, “Many of my colleagues at MMCC and other Michigan community colleges are clearly also deserving of recognition for their excellence as faculty. That makes this honor even more special for me.”
In his tenure, Bowden has taught more than 10,000 students across three generations. In each, he has worked to instill a desire to learn, to apply course concepts to students’ own lives and the wider social world, and to “see the world differently.”
Bowden has been deeply involved with student activities throughout his career. Currently his energies are focused on the Student Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and MMCC’s emerging athletic program. He serves as the faculty liaison to the teams and is a regular presence at Laker basketball games.
He has been a presenter to many campus and community groups on topics including sex education for parents, gendered communication, transformative learning, generational differences, and masculinity. He currently works closely with Women’s Aid Service (sexual assault and domestic violence counseling and shelter) as Vice Chair of their Board of Directors and is an active fundraiser. He has made many presentations on the role of masculinity and sexual violence for several area shelters, colleges, and universities.
Bowden annually facilitates and presents at the teaching section of the Michigan Sociological Association (MSA) meeting and was the recipient of the 2010 “Larry T. Reynolds Award for the Outstanding Teaching of Sociology” from the MSA.
“Chuck’s 40 years of dedication to MMCC, our local communities, and thousands of students has truly represented the best of what Mid offers,” said Dr. Christine Hammond, MMCC President. “Beyond having a passion for sociology and social justice, Chuck’s commitment to students extends beyond the classroom. He has been an advocate and mentor to innumerable students. “MCCA’s statewide recognition of Professor Bowden’s service and impact is well-deserved.”