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Dana Trunnell Awarded Tenure at Prairie State College

Dana Trunnell Awarded Tenure at Prairie State College [03/08/2019]

Dana Trunnell tenure
Prairie State College President Dr. Terri L. Winfree (left) and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Marie Hansel (right) congratulate Assistant Professor Dana Trunnell on receiving tenure,
effective August 2019. 

Prairie State College (PSC) announced at a recent Board of Trustees meeting that one faculty member had met the college’s expectations for tenure, including a commitment to student success, collaboration with their peers and dedication to the college’s mission and core values.

Receiving tenure, effective August 2019, was Dana Trunnell, assistant professor of communication.

Trunnell joined the full-time faculty at PSC in 2016. Before coming to PSC, she had 15 years of experience teaching communication courses at the community college and university level, including courses in speech communication, mass communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, interpretation and diction. She has taught at Harper College, Wright College, Harold Washington College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Paradise Valley Community College and Arizona State University. She also served as a graduate teaching assistant at Illinois State University (ISU), a substitute teacher at Heyworth High School and Normal Community High School and an undergraduate teaching assistant at ISU. In addition to her teaching experience, Trunnell also has served as coach to several speech and debate teams, both on the college and high school level. She also directed several high school forensics programs.

In addition to teaching at PSC, Trunnell also has served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Instructional Technology Committee, Curriculum Committee, Online Student Service Task Committee and Strategic Goal #2 Steering Committee. She is a coach and co-director of the PSC Speech Team, and collaborated with fellow communication department colleagues to organize the first annual COMM Day at PSC in spring 2018.

Trunnell has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Mass Communication and a Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in mass communication and intercultural communication from Illinois State University. 

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Marie Hansel says Trunnell was selected from a highly qualified pool of candidates during the hiring process, and was mentored and tested to fitness by the tenure process, which includes review by a peer committee of tenured faculty, student evaluations and deans’ reviews, and classroom observation. Prior to being awarded tenure, the faculty candidates also prepare an extensive teaching portfolio.

“PSC only tenures outstanding and exceptional faculty members because of our tenure process,” Hansel said.  “Among community colleges, the PSC tenure process is gold standard. I am very proud of the achievement of tenure by Ms. Trunnell,” she added. “She has made excellent contributions to the college and her department.

PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree said, “we are truly fortunate to have such an experienced and enthusiastic faculty member join the tenure ranks at Prairie State College. I am impressed with the high level of professionalism and expertise Ms. Trunnell brings to the classroom. Our students benefit by learning from such a highly esteemed professor.”