April 15, 2019

Each year the Illinois Community College Trustees’ Associations Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award recognizes the high achievement of Illinois’ community college part-time instructors.  Music Instructor, Marva Watson has been named John A. Logan College’s 2019 recipient of the award. Watson holds both bachelors and master’s degree in music from SIU.  Watson has also taught in both public and private K-12 schools.   At John A. Logan College Ms. Watson has taught: music history, music appreciation, music fundamentals, beginning class piano, applied piano, and supervised applied music lessons.

In addition to teaching she has co-developed an online music appreciation course, written standards for applied piano course, secured new pianos for the choir room, practice room, and piano studio; as well as being the piano accompanist for several College productions.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Nathan Arnett has worked with Watson for many years both as a Music Instructor and as an administrator. According to Arnett, Watson is an important part of both the music department and the College.

“In addition to being a skilled, talented and wise musician, Marva is also humble and kind. She is a pillar in our music program and we are blessed to have her on our team.  I am so happy to see her being honored with this award,” said Arnett.

For Watson, it is nice to be recognized, but to her it is about the students and the music.

“One of the things I like about teaching at John A. Logan is being able to help students get started in their college studies,” said Watson. “John A. Logan is not just about getting your generals out of the way.  There is a lot of potential for growth and development in the first two years of study, especially in the arts.”

Watson added that the incredible team that she has been able to work with at John A. Logan College has made her a better teacher.

“I work with some incredible people here at JALC. To have their vote of confidence in receiving this award is quite an honor to me,” said Watson. “I feel like I have grown as a teacher in my fifteen years here at the college. We have an incredible team of people in the Humanities Department. I have been challenged to take on new tasks and have learned so much from collaborating with these other instructors.” 

 Watson and Full-Time Faculty award winner Dr. Jane Bryant will be will be honored at the ICCTA Annual Convention in Chicago, IL on Friday, June 7, 2019.