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Heartland honors two with Outstanding Faculty Awards

April 22, 2021

Heartland Community College has recognized both one full-time and one part-time faculty member with Outstanding Faculty Awards. 

Associate Professor of Economics Heather Chapman is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award

Recognized for using her passion of Economics to create a stimulating learning environment, Ms. Chapman also applies her course topics to instill the value of community in her students. She engages them with service-learning projects and, a leader by example, she runs her own non-profit mobile food pantry through which she helps provide for those in situations of food insecurity. 

Chapman served as Heartland’s Assessment Committee Chair from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019. She has also served on other important committees to our institution such as the Textbook Task Force and the President’s Financial Sustainability Task Force. 

Humanities Professor John Evers is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award

Mr. Evers has been an adjunct faculty member at Heartland Community College since 2016. He has a background in Neuroscience, Law, and Philosophy, and teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to World Religions.  

Evers applies his unique expertise in when teaching about various religious and spiritual practices. While adhering to the core teachings of any religious tradition, Evers introduces students to developments in neuroscience, discussing recent findings on concepts like the “loss of self” and states of consciousness that relate to the more mystical or meditative practices of many of the world’s religions. In doing so, Evers helps solidify his students’ ability to understand, encouraging the habit of approaching new information from multiple ways of thinking.


Written by: Steve Fast