McPherson Distinguished Teaching Awards
The McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching & Outstanding Commitment to Quality Education. The McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award is funded by the McPherson Endowment established by the founding president Dr. Harry McPherson and his family now held by the Napa Valley College Foundation.
Founding President Dr. Harry McPherson has helped generations of Napa Valley College students. From his vision and institutional leadership to his support of scholarships and encouragement of individual students, he touched many lives. Establishing the McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award is another example of his support of our outstanding faculty and his commitment to excellence in education.
2023 McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award
The Office of Academic Affairs and the Napa Valley College Foundation congratulate
this year’s recipient of the 2023 McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award, recognizing
excellence in teaching and outstanding commitment to quality education.
Janet Stickmon is a professor, author, educator trainer, and wellness consultant who has been teaching for over 25 years. Stickmon has been a professor of Humanities and Ethnic Studies at Napa Valley College (NVC) since 2006. Throughout her career at NVC, Stickmon served as the Program Coordinator of Humanities and Philosophy, expanded the Ethnic Studies curriculum, established the Ethnic Studies Department, and became the founding Program Coordinator of the NVC Cultural Center: a hub for scholarship & dialogue and co-curricular activity under the Humanities and Ethnic Studies Departments committed to achieving greater unity, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Stickmon is a founding member and enduring advocate of the NVC Umoja Learning Community and a part of the team instrumental in spearheading the Kasaysayan Pilipinx American Learning Community. She was also part of the founding team of facilitators of the Instructional Design Institute: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy workshop series. Stickmon’s classes are typically full with a waiting list, being known for providing a safe space for difficult conversations related to race, gender, class, and ethnicity.
Janet Stickmon is the author of Crushing Soft Rubies—A Memoir, Midnight Peaches, Two O’clock Patience—A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Short Stories on Womanhood and the Spirit, and To Black Parents Visiting Earth: Raising Black Children in the 21st Century. Stickmon’s essays are featured in The Huffington Post, Mutha Magazine, Read to Write Stories, Positively Filipino, Red and Yellow, Black and Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies, and The Sage Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies.
Stickmon also has 25 years experience practicing meditation and integrating mindfulness practices throughout all her courses. Stickmon is the founder of CenterJoyPWR®: Strategies for Healing Racial Battle Fatigue—a program designed for professionals of color seeking to center joy in their lives.
Congratulations to Professor Stickmon!
List of Past Winners
Professor of English, Distance Education Coordinator, and Honor Society Advisor
Professor of Counseling and Umoja Coordinator / Instructor / Counselor
Professor of Theater Arts, Arts and Humanities Faculty Chair, Theater Arts Coordinator, Performing Arts Center Artistic Director, and Shakespeare Napa Valley Artistic Director
Dr. Sally Baldwin
Dr. Lisa Yanover
Dr. Steven Fawl
Dr. Daniel Clemens
Dr. Forest Quinlan
Dr. Mani Subramanian
Dr. Tia Madison
Martha Elizalde de Pereira
Dr. Nadine Wade-Gravett
Dr. Linda Napholz
Sable Howard Hughes
Carole Chassereau, RN
Dr. Melody Seymour
Dr. Jerry Somerville
Mignon Stephenson Graham
Dr. Stephen Krebs
Dr. Charles Ray
Dr. Roberto Juan Gonzalez
Dr. Chris Burditt
Dr. George Hagen*