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PPCC Instructor Named Educator of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Jan. 15, 2015 – Wes Colgan, a long time Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) adjunct instructor, has been recognized as Educator of the Year by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN). FUN is an international organization that is focused on neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level.

The Educator Award is given to a FUN member in recognition of notable efforts related to promoting effective teaching of neuroscience. Colgan was selected from a pool of over 500 members.

“Wes Colgan has been instrumental in developing high impact, student-ready neurobiology curricula for higher education,” said Jeffrey S. Smith, Ph.D., Past-President of FUN and Undergraduate Neuroscience and Health Sciences Department Chair, Saginaw Valley State University. “He has contributed several papers to the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience and has been a critical contributor to FUN workshops and other college faculty workshops.”

Since 2005, Colgan has taught a variety of Biology and Environmental Science courses at PPCC. During academic breaks he travels North America teaching instructors how to use state of the art hardware and software in their classrooms and teaches advanced neurophysiology faculty workshops at Cornell University, Pomona College and Emory University.

“I am a life science teacher who loves to see students succeed. I can make an even broader impact by giving other dedicated teachers cutting edge tools to make their students’ learning more powerful. All of my work experience carries over into my role at PPCC as an adjunct instructor,” explains Colgan.

Colgan’s full time profession as an Education Product Manager for ADInstruments North America focuses on customer support, training and working with R&D teams to develop hardware and software solutions for life science educators.  

Pikes Peak Community College is in its 46th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.