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TBCC Announces Teaching Excellence of the Year Recipient -Tillamook Bay Community College

TBCC Announces Teaching Excellence of the Year Recipient

Dustin Young 2020
June 7, 2020

Tillamook, OR – Dustin Young, Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) Adjunct Faculty member has been awarded the Teaching Excellence of the Year Award for 2019-2020. Young was widely recognized by students for her creative teaching style and her ability to encourage learning inside and outside of the classroom. She was selected from a group of 12 outstanding faculty nominations that each received multiple nominations. Young teaches psychology and sociology through face-to-face, online, and hybrid class at the college. In addition to the recognition, Young will receive $1,000.

“Dustin is so deserving of this award. She is new to teaching and she has jumped in full throttle. The nominations from students were so impressive,” said Dr. Teresa Rivenes, Vice President of Instruction at Tillamook Bay Community College.

The award recipient is chosen based on a set of criteria that demonstrates exemplary teaching performance which includes knowledge of the subject, innovative curriculum development and instructional design, ability to involve students and create enthusiasm for learning, and student empathy to encourage student success.

Of the many nominations received for Young, students shared the following about why they felt she deserved the award.


The Teaching Excellence of the Year Award was started in 2015 by a local donor, Dale Harmer, who wanted to assist the college to recognize excellence in the classroom after auditing a course and witnessing the strength of the faculty who was instructing. Annually, the TBCC Foundation receives a donation of $1,000 to distribute to a faculty member nominated by students.