School of Humanities
Outstanding Full-time Teacher of the Year
Dr. Emily Liu has taught English at IVC for ten years, joining the college full-time in 2016 after lecturing since 2012. She has also served as IVC’s Honors Program Director since 2020.
In their nominations, students praised Emily’s commitment to them as future scholars and as individuals. They cited feeling more prepared for transferring to a four-year university and feeling her personal care for them.
"Professor Liu has made a lasting impact on my life as the director of the Honors Program. Her kindness and encouragement motivated me to take risks and strive for improvement," one student wrote.
Of the 240 student abstracts submitted to the UC Irvine annual conference on academic research, which is open to all 116 California community colleges, 42 students came from Emily’s honors program.
She has worked with enthusiasm in mentoring IVC honors students, who come from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, to make such levels of success possible for them. She blends her knowledge and care for students in ways that continue to be meaningful for the students fortunate enough to be under her instruction and for her equally fortunate colleagues.