Merced College instructors share Professor of the Year award

Merced College announced that political science professor Richard Randall and psychology professor Jeanie Clifford were chosen by students to share the 2010 Outstanding Professor of the Year award.

Each year, students vote for their favorite professor and the award is announced at commencement, which was held on May 27.

Randall, a seven-time honoree, has been teaching at the community college level since 1989 and has taught at Merced College since 1998. He has degrees from Modesto Junior College, CSU Stanislaus, and UC Davis. He is married with two children.

"It has been a great honor to be selected by my students to win this award," Randall said in a press release. "It has been special to share the award this year with a great friend and colleague. Jeanie is an outstanding teacher, colleague and friend."

Clifford earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from CSU San Diego and her doctorate from UC San Diego. She began her career as a research scientist before discovering he passion for teaching.

"I started my education at a community college, and I am so thankful that I did," Clifford said. "I feel that it was my best experience in college.  I was inspired by some incredible professors at Grossmont College, and I hope to be able to inspire some of my students in the same way. I feel so fortunate to have the job I do, and I was so honored to be recognized with this award along with Rich Randall who is such an amazing teacher."