Communication instructor honored as top adjunct in Kokomo Region
KOKOMO, Ind. — During Saturday’s commencement ceremonies, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will honor Communication instructor Chris Stepp as this year’s regional nominee for 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.
Nomination materials for the award noted that after four decades of teaching at the high school and college level, Ann Christine (Chris) Stepp has built the kind of legacy that teachers at the start of their career dream of. Stepp’s impact on students extends beyond the classroom and deep into their journey in the “real world.” Whether she is guiding students to the pinnacle of achievement in competitive debate and forensics or simply helping a student be a little less terrified of public speaking in general, Stepp brings the same passion and sense of purpose to the task.
From the very first day of class, Stepp creates an environment that both challenges and stimulates students. She sets a high standard for achievement and then gives students the tools necessary to meet that standard. Chris also stresses the real world application of communication skills in her classes. Students are able to see a clear connection between the skills they are developing and the skills that will help them be successful in their future academic, professional, and personal endeavors.
Stepp was cited as a tremendous asset to the communication program as a whole in the Kokomo Region. She is a willing and enthusiastic resource for both the full-time and adjunct faculty, offering suggestions for classroom activities and serving as a sounding board for new programs and ideas. Because of her flexibility and the confidence of experience, Stepp is also the go-to instructor for new types of course offerings and other uncommon situations. She has taken the lead in the development and instruction of new communication courses for technology students in the Kokomo Region and is always willing to go the extra mile to assist students in need.
In presenting the nomination, leaders said Chris Stepp is a shining example of the student-first orientation for which Ivy Tech faculty strive. Students are challenged to excel and undoubtedly leave her classroom as much more effective public speakers and interpersonal communicators.
Stepp earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Teaching and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication, both from Ball State University.