Peter Hussey Nominated for ICCTA Outstanding Faculty Member Award

Article by: Paige Allen,
GODFREY, Ill. – Peter Hussey is known for his energetic teaching style and his dedication to his students.

An associate professor of music-percussion at Lewis and Clark Community College, Hussey recently was nominated for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) 2014 Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

"He is extremely passionate as a teacher, and I can say with certainty he has been a positive mentor to me. Guiding me on my path through college," said Evan Shaw, a music performance-percussion major and student in Hussey’s percussion ensemble class. " He cares about you as a person and helps you find your passion in life so you can follow it."

The ICCTA selects one faculty member from each community college in the state each year as a nominee for Outstanding Faculty Member Award. As a winner, Hussey is invited to attend the ICCTA Awards Banquet in June where the statewide winner will be announced.

"I am very honored. Many faculty members at ­­­Lewis and Clark are deserving of this award, and it means a lot that I was selected," Hussey said.

Linda Chapman, vice president of academic affairs at L&C, said the college’s rank and promotion committee carefully reviews candidates and selects one full-time faculty member for the award each year.

"The ICCTA sets specific criteria and high standards for this award," Chapman said. "We are proud to announce Peter’s nomination and recognize him for his excellence in teaching."

Louis Michael, music program coordinator, said Hussey exemplifies the characteristics of an outstanding educator.

"Peter is a talented, energetic and caring instructor," Michael said. "He always goes the extra mile for students and is very deserving of this recognition."

Hussey, who has been teaching at Lewis and Clark for seven years, helped initiate and develop an innovative program at the college, “REMO-HealthRHYTHMS,” a research-based group drumming protocol with biological and pscyho-social benefits for participants.

As chair of the college’s diversity council, Hussey and his team coordinate events and opportunities for students and community members to gain cross-cultural understanding.

Hussey is creator and director of the “Wind ODDsemble” which features musicians who perform unique, custom and entertaining arrangements for percussion, brass, woodwind, string, and vocal performance.

A professional percussionist, Hussey gives regular music performances with L&C faculty and community members at the college, in the St. Louis metro area and around the nation. He was given the honor of performing with Aretha Franklin for the grand reopening of the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Mo.