Mary Phillips selected as Oklahoma Professor of the Year

(Mary Phillips with Sen. Tom Coburn and Legislative Aide Sean Casey)

Professor Mary Phillips has been selected as a state winner of the 2013 CASE Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year. Phillips is the fifth TCC professor to be awarded with this distinction.

The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country — those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Phillips has taught at TCC for more than 30 years. This past summer, she completed an unpaid internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., to learn new research techniques to use in her classroom. While at JPL, Phillips was part of the team that develops the technology and protocols to test for biosignatures in extreme environments on Earth and outer space. She was also involved in the manufacture of the microfluid chip that is used to carry out analytical tests.