Cerritos College News Release September 2014

Cerritos College Psychology Professor Earns Prestigious American Psychology Association Award

Kimberley Duff recognized for commitment to excellence in teaching

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014

Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878

Kimberley DuffNORWALK, Calif. - September 3, 2014 - Cerritos College's Psychology Professor Dr. Kimberley Duff is the winner of the American Psychological Association's 2014 Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at a Two-Year College or Campus Award. Duff was selected for the high quality of her psychology instruction by the APA Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges Teaching Awards Committee. Duff was presented the award at APA's 122nd Annual Convention.

"Kimberley exemplifies all of the attributes we strive for as community college instructors," said Kathryn Clancy, M.A., chair of the Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges Teaching Awards Committee. "Her tireless commitment and dedication to learning in the classroom, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and mentoring her students demonstrate why Kimberley deserves this award and our admiration."

A graduate of community college and immigrant to the United States, Duff has served as a mentor to her students, a majority of whom are first generation college students. She developed Mentoring through Alumni in Psychology (MAP) through the Cerritos College website that showcases student accomplishments, research, former student biographies and professional resources for current students. She also supervises undergraduate students in outside-of-the-classroom research projects every semester, according to the award citation. Duff has won numerous awards, including the Cerritos College Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year and the Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award sponsored by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Duff has been innovative in developing online resources to facilitate student learning and engagement, including online simulation activities to accompany an introductory psychology textbook. She is author of Think Social Psychology published by Pearson Education.

Duff received $1,000, a plaque from APA and a one-year APA community college teacher affiliate membership renewal.

"We are very proud of Dr. Duff who is an exceptional teacher and mentor to our students," congratulated Instructional Dean of Business Education and Humanities/Social Sciences Rachel Mason. "She has made and will continue to make an enormous difference in many students' lives."


About Cerritos College: Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.