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Daugherty Honored as Forest Park Teacher of the Year

April 02, 2013

Seth Daugherty, chair of the Math department at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, is on a mission to convert math-haters into math-lovers. But he will settle for people becoming "math-acceptors."

“I will even be happy with that, if not math-lovers -- anything besides math-haters. It’s just that challenge that makes me enjoy teaching,” he said.

Daugherty was honored April 1 as Faculty Member of the Year, an annual award for teaching excellence chosen by peers and students.

An assistant professor, he has taught on the Forest Park campus full time since 2006, and specializes in calculus. He also teaches pre-algebra, intermediate algebra and college algebra courses.

“I think math is really important,” he said.

The opportunity to convince others how important math is drew him to teaching. Daugherty, who grew up in the small northwestern Indiana town of Winamac, earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of Indianapolis and a master’s degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

“I am committed to improving student success in as many ways as possible,” he said, as are his colleagues.

“The people I work with are the best part of my job,” he said. “I like these people – we try to put into practice ways to make math appealing. It is always a challenge.”

As chair, his goal was to improve collaboration between the full-time and adjunct faculty. His term will finish this summer, and he will resume full-time teaching.

The announcement was made by STLCC-Forest Park administrators Tracy Hall, vice president of academic affairs; Thomas Walker, vice president of student affairs; and Elizabeth Wilcoxson, acting dean of the Business, Math and Technology division, in his noon class. They presented him with a balloon bouquet. The award includes a $500 prize.

“I never thought I would receive an award for doing my job. I’m very surprised. It’s very cool,” he said.

Daugherty said he likes interacting with students on the Forest Park campus.

"There is no better place to meet interesting people, from all different walks of life," he said.

He lives in St. Peters, Mo., with his wife April and 11-month-old son Simon.

Faculty of the Year Seth Daugherty

Tracy Hall, vice president for academic affairs; Seth Daugherty, assistant math professor who was named Faculty Member of the Year; Elizabeth Wilcoxson, acting dean of the Business, Math and Technology division; and Thomas Walker, vice president for student affairs.