The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) selected master instructor of Mathematics Bob Hawfield to receive the Teaching Excellence award in 2013. Bob is a long time faculty member in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Division starting first as an adjunct instructor January 1983 and later hired as a full time math instructor in 1986. He states, “I celebrated my 25th year of service at Chattanooga State on August 2011”.
Bob earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1979 and1994, respectively. You can find Bob in our TCAT math lab helping over 70 students daily from basic blue print reading, from whole numbers to Trigonometry. Bob feels his strengths lay in the ability to have patience working with students in math. Immediately, students walk through the door with math anxieties, since many technology students have been out of school for many years. Bob eases student’s anxieties working one on-one, having a sense of humor, and make math fun to learn. Bob’s two favorite things about working at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology are the students and the friendly, laidback atmosphere. Bob is married with two daughters who also graduated from UTK. In his spare time Bob enjoys working in his yard, playing tennis and taking vacations to the beach.
In addition to monetary reward of $500.00 from Chattanooga State Foundation, Bob attended the League of Innovation Conference held in Dallas, Texas in March 2013