According to Joy Brenneman, an executive assistant in the vice president for academic affairs office, no application for the Faculty Excellence Award was even submitted for Dolores Arambula.
The deciding committee simply discussed her as a candidate and came to the conclusion that she was the rightful winner of the award.
As an English-as-a-second-language instructor, Arambula received the professional development award for recruiting, advising, enrolling and engaging students.
Excellence in Professional Development includes exceptional work in diversity and equity, designing and using professional development for innovation, leadership for student success or creating cultural and institutional change. It is one of four faculty excellence awards given this year.
Hereford Campus Director Daniel Esquivel said Arambula deserves the award because of her willingness to help others.
“Of all of my faculty, she goes above and beyond,” Esquivel said. “She is always the first to volunteer even with her full workload.”
Esquivel said Arambula is a teacher with a heart for her students.
“She always helps to ensure student success,” Esquivel said. “I’ve never seen someone so proactive to help students.”
Esquivel also was excited to see the Hereford Campus gain recognition for its employees’ dedication.
“I’m ecstatic; we seldom see someone from our campus nominated because we’re so far away,” Esquivel said. “This might open the door for everyone to see how great my faculty is.”
Arambula said in an email that her passion for teaching began in junior high. She said she had great teachers who inspired her to follow in their footsteps.
“The best part of the job is interacting with students and seeing their dreams and goals become a reality,” she said.
Although she loves her job, Arambula admitted it isn’t always easy. “The most challenging part is not being able to help those students who do not meet me halfway and seeing them fail,” she said.
As hard as it is, she said she feels extremely happy about being recognized for her work. .
“I just feel that I am doing my job and what I enjoy doing,” she said.