Faculty Spotlight: Solomon Willis, Ed.D - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Faculty Spotlight: Solomon Willis, Ed.D

Solomon Willis
Solomon Willis

Solomon Willis, Ed.D has been recognized by Liberty University with the 2021 Outstanding Applied Project Award. Willis is a math instructor at Cleveland Community College. He has worked at the College since 2002.
“I am totally honored and humbled to be selected as the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Applied Project Award,” said Willis. “It was a pleasure to conduct research that could benefit CCC first-hand. I appreciate all of the support from my professors at Liberty and my colleagues at CCC who were helpful in making all of this happen.”
Willis completed a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Liberty University ahead of schedule in February 2021, after successfully defending his doctoral project titled “Improving Student Passing Rates in College Math Courses at Cleveland Community College.”
The project included an extensive literature review on techniques that have proven to be successful at other colleges for increasing math scores. In addition, Willis surveyed other CCC faculty, interviewed five CCC administrators, including President Jason Hurst, and analyzed past success rates and documents.
“We are so proud of Dr. Willis and his accomplishments. This recognition is well deserved. He is a great example of the dedicated faculty we are so fortunate to have,” said Dr. Hurst. “He and his colleagues care about their students and this College. Our students get the same quality instruction as they would receive at a four-year university.”
From his research, Willis made many recommendations for improvement including training for faculty in techniques for decreasing math anxiety and building motivation, building connections with students, using active learning, technology and increasing tutoring offerings.
“The nice thing about this capstone project with Liberty is that it allowed me to focus on a problem first-hand that I could work on and benefit my own students, students of my colleagues, and the institution as a whole,” said Willis.