ACM Faculty Awards

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2019 Faculty Awardees

L to R, Dr. Kurt Hoffman, senior vice-president of Instructional and Student Affairs; Dr. Cynthia Bambara, ACM president; and Lynn Bowman, Ashley Dively and Robert Bright, Jr., award recipients.


CUMBERLAND, Md. (Aug. 20, 2019) – Allegany College of Maryland recently announced its annual faculty awards for 2019.

Ashley Dively, assistant chair of Academic Development, received the Sanner Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dively, who joined ACM is 2015, is known for creating a focused, productive classroom environment and providing outstanding guidance, support and encouragement to students. In addition to teaching, she assists and advises students within the college’s Reading and Writing Center. This past year, Dively initiated the creation of a mentoring program for at-risk male students, Aspiring Young MENtors, and currently serves as the club’s faculty advisor. Dively earned her B.S. from Frostburg State University and M.A. from Millersville University.

“Ashley’s positive energy and deep concern for students translates into the kind of teacher-student rapport that is rare to see. Students who work with her are touched in a way that transforms and inspires them,” said Laura Fiscus, chair of Academic Development at the college.

The Sanner Award is based on teaching excellence, guidance to advisees in pursuit of their goals and demonstrated human relationship skills.

Robert Bright, Jr., a Criminal Justice instructor, received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Bright is known for developing strong relationships with his students. He joined ACM in 2015 as a part-time adjunct instructor after working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and quickly began reshaping courses to include real-life examples, visits from law enforcement professionals and field trip opportunities. Bright also coordinates demonstrations by external law enforcement agencies for the college’s Law Day. He earned his B.S. from Marshall University.

“Rob’s gift truly lies with his relationship with our students. Rob knows everything about our students – their jobs, their extracurricular activities, their future plans. And he cares about all of these things,” noted Brandon Hoover, ACM’s director of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies.

The Adjunct Award is given to part or full-time adjunct faculty who demonstrate teaching and learning excellence in the classroom, foster an environment conducive to student learning, offer service their department or institution and demonstrate strong interpersonal relationship skills.

Lynn Bowman, who recently retired from her position as an associate professor at ACM, received the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Faculty of the Year Award. Bowman, who taught both English and speech courses for 13 years at the college, has published four books on African-American history in Allegany County. She helped launch ACM’s NAACP Student Club, hosted Democracy Café events and developed a play based on the Underground Railroad in Cumberland. She is a member of the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture and an executive committee member of the local NAACP chapter. Bowman earned her B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and M.A. from the University of Maryland.

“Lynn has participated in many creative activities during her years of service, including conducting local research with her English/African American Literature classes and producing collections of student essays for community,” said Dr. Diane McMahon, director of ACM’s College to Community Partnership.

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