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Peter Hussey, an associate professor of music-percussion at Lewis and Clark Community College, recently was nominated for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award 2014 award. He will represent the college in the statewide Illinois Community College Trustees competition.
GODFREY – Peter Hussey’s unique, energetic teaching style is being rewarded by faculty and peers with the prestigious Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award.
Without question, Hussey translates his love of music into life lessons for Lewis and Clark Community College students.
An associate professor of music-percussion at Lewis and Clark Community College, Hussey recently was nominated for the ICCTA 2014 award. He will represent Lewis and Clark Community College in the statewide Illinois Community College Trustees competition.
“Part of what this award was looking at were student evaluations,” Hussey said. “It is a strong indication that whatever I am doing, it is engaging and exciting about the subject matter.”
Hussey said it's exciting when students from years ago ago contact him on Facebook or via e-mail and tell him how much of a difference he made in their lives.
“When someone tells you there was a clear significant moment in their lives that you made happen, that is powerful,” Hussey said. “I started playing percussion in fourth grade and singing with a choir a little younger than that.”
One of Hussey’s students, Evan Shaw, a music performance-percussion major and student in his percussion ensemble class, said Hussey is extremely passionate as a teacher and a positive mentor.
“He cares about you as a person and helps you find your passion in life so you can follow it,” Shaw said.
Hussey’s musical affinity started with his grandmother taking him to Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts and eventually playing in the school band, orchestra and choir.
“I was continually excited and engaged,” he said of his childhood in music. “Music somehow made sense to me and connected in a way I could express back to people. It became my social network as well.”
The ICCTA selects one faculty member from each community college in the state each year as a nominee for Outstanding Faculty Member Award. As a winner, Hussey is invited to attend the ICCTA Awards Banquet in June, where the statewide winner will be announced.
“I am very honored. Many faculty members at Lewis and Clark are deserving of this award, and it means a lot that I was selected,” Hussey said.
Linda Chapman, vice president of academic affairs, said the college’s rank and promotion committee carefully reviews candidates and selects one full-time faculty member for the award each year.
“The ICCTA sets specific criteria and high standards for this award,” Chapman said. “We are proud to announce Peter’s nomination and recognize him for his excellence in teaching.”
Louis Michael, music program coordinator at Lewis and Clark, said Hussey exemplifies the characteristics of an outstanding educator.
“Peter is a talented, energetic and caring instructor,” Michael said. “He always goes the extra mile for students and is very deserving of this recognition.”
Hussey gives regular music percussion performances with Lewis and Clark Community College faculty and community members at the college, in the St. Louis metro area and around the nation. He was given the honor of performing with Aretha Franklin for the grand reopening of the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis.
He attended Eastern Illinois University and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. His time at Eastern Illinois was a springboard into his life and career in music, he said.
“Music is for me a way that I communicate about life,” Hussey said. “Music is something I love.
Lewis and Clark Community College public relations staff contributed to this story.