Every year Colorado Mountain College students, staff and faculty nominate one full-time and one adjunct faculty member from each of the seven campuses for the school’s Faculty of the Year awards.
CMC has 11 learning locations, but Breckenridge and Dillon together make up the Summit County campus. Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Spring Valley comprise the campus in the Roaring Fork Valley. From the nominees, senior college administrators then select an award recipient in each of the two categories.
For Summit County, business teacher Robert Cartelli was chosen as the recipient of the full-time Faculty of the Year Award. Jeremy Deem teaches outdoor education, history and sustainable studies and was given the part-time award.
Cartelli, who is originally from Connecticut, has taught at the college for the last eight years. Dave Askeland, vice president of CMC in Breckenridge and Dillon, said in a prepared statement Cartelli brings passion and energy to the classroom.
“Robert incorporates teamwork to arm students with the real-world skills that they will need in the workplace,” he said.
In the awards announcement, Cartelli said he stresses a worldview to his students, focusing on an international business perspective.
“What’s important is business students being able to work across borders, time zones, cultures, religions and technologies,” he said. “Business students need to understand all of these nuances. Sooner or later, you will have international partners, competitors or customers; you need to know something about them.”
Cartelli said he hopes that students think back on and appreciate his class, and contribute confidently to their work and communities.
Deem, originally from West Virginia, has lived in Summit County for 17 years. He served as a Colorado Outward Bound instructor for seven years and has 16 years of experience guiding river, rock climbing and canyoneering expeditions worldwide.
He joined the CMC faculty five years ago, hired to teach outdoor education classes. But after learning Deem also holds two history degrees, a bachelor’s from Ohio University and a master’s from Colorado State University, the school recruited him for those classes as well.
Now, besides outdoor education, he teaches Colorado and American Indian history, emergency medical services and sustainability studies.
“(He) is a master teacher,” Askeland said. “Students appreciate not only his expertise in teaching, but also his respect and encouragement to keep trying.”