Martha Macdonald, a York Technical College English instructor, was named one of eight finalists for the Governor's Professor of the Year award.
The governor's office and the S.C. Commission on Higher Education sponsor the annual awards. One goes to a faculty member at a public or private four-year university. The other goes to a faculty member at a two-year school.
Macdonald, who earned a doctorate in education and the arts, is said to bring energy and a love of art into the classroom.
"I always walk in laughing," Macdonald said.
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Founded poetry society
She also keeps busy.
She founded a poetry society on campus in which students gather to read poetry and share ideas. The group publishes a journal three times a year. She launched a writing group that meets once a month and founded the Arts 4 U 2 program, which displays work on campus.
She also volunteers at the York Tech Tutoring Center and START Center, where she advises and tutors students on grammar, writing and public speaking.
Macdonald has been at York Tech since 2001. As a finalist, she will receive a $500 award.
Coastal Carolina University professor Sharon Thompson was named the Governor's 2008 Professor of the Year for four-year schools.
Greenville Technical College's Charles Wilson received the award for two-year institutions.