Illinois Valley Community College English instructor Kimberly Radek-Hall of La Salle recently won the college’s Stephen Charry Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.
Nursing instructor Christina Boughton of Princeton earned the college’s Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member Award. Both were nominated for Illinois Community College Trustees Association outstanding full- and part-time faculty awards, respectively.
Radek-Hall has taught English, gender studies and film at IVCC since 1995. A student nominated her for the Charry award for raising awareness of the challenges facing women and girls.
Aside from composition and several other courses, Radek-Hall teaches Women Through Cultures and Centuries, Women in Ancient Cultures and Women in Literature. She sponsors SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality) and co-sponsors Sigma Kappa Delta, the English honor society for students in two-year colleges.
She also organizes the Women’s History Month calendar and formerly directed the Honors Program, sponsored the student literary publication River Currents, managed the Arts and Letters Series and organized Day of Writing workshops.
In the community, she served on the LaSalle Excellence Foundation Board for LaSalle elementary schools and as president of the Zonta Club of La Salle-Peru Area, she leads an organization working to increase the status of women.
Boughton’s success as an RN and instructor began at IVCC. She earned an AAS in nursing from IVCC in 2011 and was the first president of the IVCC chapter of Alpha Delta Nu honor society. She later earned a BSN and MSN from Northern Illinois University.
An emergency department nurse at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton since 2012, Boughton brings abundant experience to the classroom. She also supervised nursing students who administered hundreds of vaccinations through county health department clinics.
Boughton has taught advanced cardiovascular life support and pediatric advanced life support certification the past six years for the American Heart Association.
Radek-Hall and Boughton will be honored next month in an online employee recognition event.