Mark McLane, adjunct faculty in English at Ivy Tech Community College Southeast, has been selected to receive the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction for the region, according to Randy Proffitt, Ivy Tech’s marketing and communications executive director.
The award recognizes individuals who typify excellence in instruction and represent the college’s mission. McLane was awarded a commemorative plaque and $250 professional development grant.
Students, staff and other faculty members submitted nominations for McLane. In her nomination, Cathy Caroulsu said, “Mark is passionate about teaching and learning, engaged in his students’ success, willing to go above and beyond (and to different campuses), has had a book published and is incredibly inventive and creative in the classroom. Basically students love him and learn from him.” This is one of the many reasons that McLane has been selected for this award and nominated for the Gerald Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction.
The Vietnam veteran used the G.I. Bill to earn his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Education degrees from Ball State University. He began his career in education 40 years ago when he was hired to teach English at Brookville High School. Along with teaching his classes and serving as the chairperson of the language arts department, McLane represented the Franklin County Community School Corp. in Indianapolis, working side-by-side with Govs. Robert Orr and Evan Bayh in roundtable discussions involving a variety of educational initiatives.
He is a four-time Indianapolis Star Commended Scholar, was recognized by the Indiana Council of Teachers of English as their Hoosier Teacher of 1989, cited by four different school boards for excellence in the classroom, a five-time ISTAR Teacher and has multiple listings in Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers.
In 1996, McLane relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked as an actor and stand-up comedian and paid the bills by teaching orthodox Jewish rabbinical students how to write. He served as master teacher and vice principal of secular studies of the yeshiva (a religious study group). While there, he also taught eighth-grade English to students at an at-risk middle school.
In 2006, he moved to Las Vegas, where he taught reading to sixth-grade hearing-impaired students by day, immigrant employees of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino how to speak English in late afternoons, and performed standup comedy in the clubs in the late evening.
McLane returned to his Indiana roots in 2006 and was hired by Ivy Tech Community College to teaching English composition at the Batesville and Lawrenceburg campuses. A year later he published his first novel “The Impersonators” based on his experiences in Los Angeles. He continues to teach for Ivy Tech as he works on his second novel, “Potato Ridge,” set in southeast Indiana in the 1960s.