Program: ParalegalAssociate Professor and Program Coordinator
Paralegal Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Business Rebecca “Becky” Gockel is L&C’s 2017 Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, chosen by her peers and colleagues.
“Being recognized as this year’s recipient is both an honor and a privilege,” Gockel said. “It’s so rewarding to work in an environment where colleagues genuinely care about one another and rally for each other, both personally and professionally.”
Each year, the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of excellence in their field. This is the 24th year Lewis and Clark has participated in the recognition program.
In 2004, Gockel began teaching full time at L&C, and in 2005, she helped develop the college’s first Paralegal program, which she now coordinates. Gockel is also a circuit court-appointed mediator in Madison County’s family law division.
“I enjoy watching paralegal jobs and opportunities for my students continue to skyrocket in our district as a result of employers hiring students and graduates, seeing how skilled and valuable they are and continuing to want more in their law offices,” Gockel said. “This program’s rapid growth and the Metro East employers’ response to it has been my best professional success story by far.”
Gockel earned her Master of Business Administration from Webster University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Illinois State University, where she also earned a Political Science minor in Legal Studies, which is American Bar Association-accredited.
She began her professional career in 1991, working as a Corporate Paralegal for Motorola, Inc., then as an Employment Law Paralegal with Ralston Purina, and then in corporate staffing/recruiting at Energizer. In 2001, Gockel began teaching business and career development courses at L&C, and served as a part-time career development counselor for the MBA students at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business and SLU School of Law.