KOKOMO, Ind. — During Saturday’s commencement ceremonies here, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will honor Paramedic Sciences instructor Michael Durr as this year’s recipient of Ivy Tech’s statewide Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction.
This award is presented annually to an adjunct faculty member of the College who best typifies excellence in instruction. The intent of this award is to recognize one adjunct faculty member annually who epitomizes the mission of Ivy Tech. Nominations are presented from each of Ivy Tech Community College’s regions and a single recipient is chosen for the statewide system. This year’s award was presented to Durr during a ceremony in Indianapolis in February.
With nearly 43 years of emergency medical services (EMS) experience and 35 years of instructional experience, Mike Durr lives and breathes the paramedic sciences. Durr’s certifications and licensures speak for themselves, but it is really those individuals with whom he interacts who speak the loudest and give the clearest voice to the many ways he supports the paramedic sciences, his students at Ivy Tech and his community.
Durr’s students at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region learn through hands-on experience under the tutelage of an accomplished paramedic. He offers his students an attitude of respect, a voice of experience and an example of what dedication to the craft can accomplish. Brittany Wescott, a former student and current co-worker, said, “Mike has been around the field of emergency medicine so long that his name and medicine go hand-in-hand. You can’t buy experience, but you can learn from what others have done. As you can imagine, being a paramedic at three services (and being in the director position) requires a lot of hours of dedication and a strong work ethic. Mike puts pressure on all of his students and employees to always be the best.”
Durr’s long history and connections to emergency medical services throughout the state offer his students not only great resources and examples on which to pattern their careers, but also offer students great training opportunities and chances to build connections of their own. Paired with a student-first teaching approach and an innovative pedagogy, his students succeed at a high rate, passing their certification exams at nearly double the national average. Students leave the Kokomo Paramedic Sciences program with valuable experiences, an exceptional knowledge base and the confidence to succeed in their new EMS/Paramedic positions.