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Award-winning Faculty

July 11, 2012
Dianne Miller, 2012 Distinguished Teacher

Phoenix College’s success as an academic institution is rooted in its highly regarded faculty. The quality instruction they deliver to their students has been recognized at all levels.


Albert Celoza, chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Phoenix College, has been the advisor and inspiration to Phoenix College’s celebrated Model United Nations student delegation since 1987. The Model UN is made up of PC students who participate in the annual American UN conference, which simulates official UN meetings. In 2001, the Carnegie Foundation named Dr. Celoza as the Arizona Professor of the Year for his outstanding work with students. He also has received Phoenix College’s Distinguished Teaching Award. A native of the Philippines, Dr. Celoza was a Fulbright Scholar who studied at the Claremont Graduate University in California. He’s also taught at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Arizona State University.


Dianne Miller’s goal to ignite a passion for life-long learning in her students led to her to be selected as the 2011-2012 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Phoenix College. As Chair of the Reading, Communication, Education and American Sign Language department, she successfully worked with a wide spectrum of student learning styles and needs and provided a diverse group of students the support to continue their education. The award is based on a teacher’s commitment to academic rigor and quality teaching as well as ongoing professional improvement and service to the broader community.


Phoenix College Mathematics faculty member James Sousa is among just five honorees District-wide selected by the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation as a 2012 recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. James has developed more than 1,850 free mini-lesson math tutorials on topics ranging from arithmetic to calculus.  In addition to using the videos in the classroom to teach his PC students, Professor Sousa also makes the videos available free-of-charge via YouTube to help explain math topics to students around the world. The lessons integrate technology and provide examples to enhance student learning.


Phoenix College faculty member Julie Stiak co-created a unique Medical Laboratory Science program in partnership with Arizona State University to address the shortage of medical laboratory scientists. For her efforts, she was named a Health Care Hero by the Phoenix Business Journal last year. The Medical Lab Science program also received the 2012 Paul M. Pair Innovation of the Year award from Maricopa County Community College District. The ASU/PC Medical Laboratory Science Partnership program provides opportunities for students to earn a Bachelor’s of Applied Science by taking the majority, if not all, of their courses at Phoenix College. Called the 90-30 program, students earn 90 credits from Phoenix College and 30 credits from Arizona State University.