Respiratory Therapy Instructor Named Adjunct Faculty of the Year

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Beverly Melmed

Beverly Melmed, adjunct professor of Respiratory Therapy at Allegany College of Maryland, received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.  



CUMBERLAND, Md. (Aug. 12, 2020) – Beverly Melmed, an instructor of Respiratory Therapy at Allegany College of Maryland, received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award during the college’s 2020 awards presentation held during a virtual college assembly.

Melmed has been a part-time clinical instructor for ACM’s Respiratory Therapy program for over 27 years. Known for her devotion and dedication to her students and the college, she was lauded by her colleagues for being “a natural in the classroom” and “a major player in the success of this [Respiratory Therapy] program.” 

“She is and will continue to be the students’ greatest cheerleader,” explained a colleague. 

When the college transitioned in-person classes to online learning in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Melmed, according to her nominators, “embraced it, learned from it and adapted her instructional methods without compromising her values and her students’ needs. One of her students noted that “With the recent changes due to the [corona]virus, Mrs. Melmed meets with several of us for one-on-one tutoring via Teams and Zoom.” Another student called her “a great mentor and [who] is always willing to share her time and expertise.” 

Colleagues noted Melmed’s participation in the college’s meetings, advisory committee meetings, and open house events as well as her leadership in student advising, organizing the college’s asthma camp for children and assisting students in their annual Great Strides/A Mission for Mya walk to raise funds to battle cystic fibrosis.  

The Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching 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. 

A resident of Cumberland, Melmed earned an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Respiratory Care from ACM and worked as a respiratory therapist for 30 years.  


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