ROCK SPRINGS — Dr. Mckay West was announced as the Innovative Educator of the Year by the Western Wyoming Community College Center of Teaching and Learning.
The announcement was made at the college’s annual Western Celebrations to close the academic 2021/2022 year.
The award is given to the instructor who embeds innovation in their instructional practice to create a more collaborative, student-centered, and active learning experience, thereby demonstrating connectedness with students and their learning.
West, an Assistant Professor of Communication, was selected out of seven nominees.
West earned his B.A. in Communication Studies in 2015 and his M.A. in Professional Communication in 2017 from Southern Utah University. In 2020, West received his Doctorate of Philosophy from West Virginia University. That same year he joined the Communications faculty at Western.
Nominations for the award included former students, faculty, professionals, and paraprofessionals at Western.
“I am truly humbled by and grateful to Western’s students and faculty members who I have had the privilege to know,” West said after the announcement. “I know I have been blessed and my abilities and understanding as a teacher greatly enhanced thanks to the wonderful people at Western and all they have been willing to teach me. I am also grateful to God and my family for all of the strength, wisdom, and love they have offered me, and I wish everyone the best as we each move forward in the next stages of our futures.”