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The following is the emeritus faculty nomination letter for Professor Clifton (Cliff) Sherrill:
Dear Emeritus Faculty Nomination Committee Members:
It is our pleasure to nominate Professor Cliff Sherrill for Emeritus Faculty status this year. Professor Sherrill meets or exceeds all primary criteria as well as several secondary criteria relative to contributions at the state and/or national levels and presentations at conferences, leadership positions, memberships, etc.
Evidence of superior teaching, contributions to the Yavapai College community, and contributions to the communities of Yavapai County are listed below:
Other College Activities:
Although this list of service is comprehensive, Cliff’s commitment to students and student learning is the reason we are nominating him for emeritus status. It was rare to walk by his office and not see a student getting personalized attention from him. Lindsay and Cliff shared many of the same students: they regularly stopped by his office for additional help. He was able to patiently and clearly explain complex critical thinking and computer concepts in a variety of ways until the student truly understood.
Cliff always displayed integrity and courage as a teacher and mentor. He challenged faculty and administrators alike to think about our mission and how we achieve that mission. Cliff was not afraid to speak out when he believed student or faculty interests were at stake.
Most importantly, Cliff showed us all how to put students first. We would see him spend his valuable time with a student in order to make sure they understood and then could successfully complete their class.
This is what it means to be a great college instructor. Not research and publication. Not cutting-edge laser technology presentations in the classroom or online. One unwearyingly listening and guiding another on the path to learning.
We believe that Professor Sherrill’s many years of dedicated service deserves the recognition of emeritus faculty status, and we hope you will agree that his many years of service to the College, fellow faculty members, students, and community far exceeds the expected standard for this honor.
Professors Henning, Bushman, Lovell, Snavely, and Bentz