Dr. Carol Mueller, mathematics faculty, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Harford Community College, was named a 2017 recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for her leadership and commitment to excellence in advancing the teaching and learning mission of the College. She was nominated for her work related to the transitional math curriculum and her leadership within the College and statewide.

During the 2018 Innovations Conference held March 18-21 at National Harbor, MD, specially cast, pewter medallions and honorary John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award certificates were presented to Excellence Award recipients. On March 19, a special Excellence Awards Reception was held to congratulate honorees for their exemplary work.

Dr. Mueller is a geologist who teaches math. Her passion for teaching—and learning—crosses academic disciplines, professional organizations, and even continents. Whether participating in faculty abroad programs to facilitate interdisciplinary curriculum practices, spearheading partnerships between the College and schools in Kenya, or serving as president of the Developmental Education Association of Maryland (DEAM) as well as president of the Harford County Branch and vice president of the Maryland State Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Dr. Mueller’s focus is unwavering: students first.

A community college graduate, she earned an A.A. degree from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Dr. Mueller received a B.Ed., M.Ed., and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Mueller recently earned a Post-Master's Certificate in Leadership for Higher Education and was awarded a grant from DEAM to attend the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University. For three weeks in July, she participated in both the Kellogg Institute for Adult and Developmental Educators and Learning Skills Specialists and the Advanced Kellogg Institute, where she earned a Developmental Education Specialist Certificate. At the same time, Carol was preparing to launch two new adaptive learning and software technologies at Harford Community College.

“If learning to be a better teacher helps students get over whatever is blocking them from being all they can be, then great. If working on professional development programs at the College helps faculty members to be inspired, great! That’s why I do what I do. I want to unlock that potential and give people the opportunity to succeed,” stated Dr. Mueller.

John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award

John E. and Suanne D. Roueche, leaders in the community college field and early proponents of the idea that teachers have major responsibility for how well students perform in the classroom, have been partners and friends of the League for Innovation in the Community College for over thirty-five years. What began as a working relationship with the founders of the League has evolved into a full-fledged partnership through collaborative efforts on projects of mutual interest and national concern.

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the League established the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards in 2012. These awards are open to League Board and Alliance member institutions to celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. Recipients are recognized in a series of activities and promotions, and honored at special events at the League's Innovations Conference each spring.