Hamzehee Wins Outstanding Adjunct Teacher Award
The Iowa Communication Association awarded Department of Communication Studies Adjunct Instructor Joshua Hamzehee its Outstanding Adjunct of the Year award. Hamzehee received the award at the ICA conference in Des Moines on Sept. 21, 2013.
A number of students on the UNI Speech Team (for which Hamzehee serves as an assistant coach) and some who were in his UNI Interpreters Theatre show Convict last spring wrote letters nominating him.
One nominator, UNI graduate student Yaw Kyeremateng, wrote "Josh is simply an all round diligent worker. Joshua Hamzehee is the most committed when it comes to well, everything."
Another graduate student, Jorge DeLeon, wrote "When asked to teach a class he hasn’t taught before, he tackles it with confidence and diligence. Although he is incredibly gifted and skilled, not only in teaching methodologies and practices but in the creative arts as well, Joshua never relies on those assets alone."
UNI junior Zoe Russell, wrote "He doesn't just show up for the job, he is committed to making sure that students achieve their goals, and he pushes students to become better."
Nominator Scott Bredman, a UNI junior, concurred with the other letter writers that Hamzehee is an outstanding instructor. "Josh has a way of engaging students in discussion by asking for their opinions on topics, creating an environment that is comfortable, and relating to students in a very personable way. This makes students excited about learning, and I know myself and my peers have commented that his classes don't feel like learning, it feels like fun, yet we all realize how much we have learned after we've left the classroom."
Hamzehee has an M.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach; a B.A. in Communication from California State University, Fullerton; and an A.A. from Mt. San Antonio College in California.
Hamzehee, Yaw Kyeremateng, Jorge DeLeon, and Danielle Dick McGeough are taking a one hour performance to the National Communication Association conference called "The Deported: A Reality Show!" He will also be part of UNI's poetry showcase "Slammin' at the Interp" on Oct. 24 at the UNI Interpreters Theatre.