Gina Bell Receives 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

Gina Bell, adjunct faculty in the Bachelor of Arts program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been named the recipient of the AUSB 6th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Gina will be honored alongside graduates from all programs at the 2016 Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 20, at the Fess Parker Resort.

“Gina’s dedication to student learning and success is commendable,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Barbara Lipinski. “Her enthusiasm and expertise have been an inspiration to numerous students, including over 100 undergraduates just this past year. We appreciate Gina’s skills as an educator and her demonstrated commitment to students and the mission of Antioch University.”

Dr. Lipinski said Gina receives outstanding student evaluations after every class. Here is a sampling of student comments:

  • “Gina is an excellent teacher, very engaging.”
  • “I learn more and more about myself in the world around me when I take her classes.”
  • “She is the best teacher I had in my life – very empowering, smart, and challenging.”

Gina has a long history at AUSB. She has taught here for eight years, and her success in that role likely comes from her days as a student at AUSB. Gina earned her BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology and then went on to receive her degree from the Masters in Clinical Psychology program as well.

Originally from Delaware, Gina has lived in Santa Barbara since 1966. She has worked with such organizations as Girls Inc., the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a 60-mile walk to bring awareness to the battle against breast cancer.

Previous winners of the Award for Excellence in Teaching at AUSB include Susan Lang, Frank Rust III, Dawn Murray, Juliet Rohde-Brown, and John Forhan.

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