John A. Palmer III Memorial Award for an outstanding adjunct was
established in January 2010 in memory of John A. Palmer III, a
long-term DCE adjunct member at Quinsigamond Community College. John
chaired an MCCC DCE Bargaining Team, and cochaired another. He was a
founding member of the DCE Adjunct Issues Committee and cochaird that
as well. John
was also employed in the Worcester K-12 system, and served on the MTA
Board of Directors.
recognize an adjunct MCCC member whose service, leadership, and
dedication have contributed significantly to MCCC adjunct faculty, as
exemplified by the life of John A. Palmer III.
Eligibility: To be eligible for this award, a past or present MCCC adjunct faculty
member must meet the following criteria:
- Service to higher education adjunct faculty in
quest for improved working conditions and high standards of
- Demonstration of leadership in the Union and
education, especially as it pertains to issues of importance to adjunct
- Exemplification of the concerned and caring
of John A. Palmer III, who dedicated much of his life to the betterment
of adjunct faculty.
MCCC member may nominate a candidate by completing a nomination form,
which can be obtained from the MCCC web site. The deadline for
submitting nominations is March 1. Nominations should be sent to
the MCCC President.
The MCCC Executive Committee serves as a screening committee. The
Executive Committee submits its recommendations for the award to the
Board of Directors for approval.
John A. Palmer III Award is presented by the MCCC President or the
President’s designee during the MCCC Delegate Assembly in a
ceremony designed to place emphasis on the importance of the Award.