The Excellence in Teaching Award at Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC
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Cleveland Community College Foundation presents
2015 Excellence in Teaching Award

Al DunklemanAllen 'Al' Dunkleman, Sociology Instructor and Discipline Coordinator, is the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. He has been teaching sociology at the College for almost 13 years.

"What a tremendous honor," said Dunkleman. "Having the opportunity to teach here at CCC has been a dream come true and I thank God for the way He transformed a high school academic failure into a college level instructor."

Dunkleman earned his master's degree in sociology from East Carolina University, and his bachelor's degree, also in sociology, from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. He also received an Associate in Arts degree from Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Virginia.

In his spare time, Dunkleman enjoys woodworking, writing songs and singing. Recently, he presented CCC with its own Alma Mater, which will be performed live for the first time at the 2015 Commencement. He has been honored by Rotary International for writing "Rotary in Harmony," a song commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of Rotary International. Three times he has been awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant (2007, 2011 and 2015) by The Arts and Science Council for the creation of music CDs. He is currently working on his third CD.

Dunkleman and his wife of 36 years, Karen, live in Boiling Springs.


 Excellence in Teaching Award winners:

2014 – Dr. Starr Camper
2013 – Sherry Hamrick
2012 – Russ Hamilton
2011 – Sandol Johnson
2010 – Sheri Rogers
2009 – Claman Parker
2008 – Bruce Mack
2007 – Barbara Taylor
2006 – Michael Sisk
2005 – Dori Gantt
2004 – Kay Chitty
2003 – Ray Fisher
2002 – Becky Sain
2001 – Bruner Remy
2000 – Jana Bridges
1999 – Steve Putnam
1998 – Phil Reid
1997 – Dr. B. J. Zamora
1996 – Starr Morrow Camper
1995 – Rosaline Hunt
1994 – Jean Francis
1993 – Linda Ross
1992 – Barbara Taylor
1991 – James Fite

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