Dr. Wesley T. Hanson Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching
Eileen Doyle, recipient of the Dr. Wesley T. Hanson Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, started attending MCC in the early 1970s and never left.
“I’ve been going to school for 50 years,” she said.
A graduate of the Radiologic Technology program (Class of ’73), professor in the department for 35 years, and program director for “about a dozen years,” Doyle has done more than witness her share of technological changes and growth in the department. Three years ago, she was one of the individuals who spearheaded the drive that made the switch to digital imaging.
“We had been limping along with a unit so old we could no longer get parts,” Doyle said. “Deciding to go digital took tenacity. We knew what we wanted. We wouldn’t be dictated to by vendors—instead we listened to the needs of the faculty.”
Doyle and her department were ahead of the curve. Soon nearly every radiographic department and office in the Rochester area abandoned traditional film and opted for digital imaging equipment.
What’s exciting to Doyle is that, with the new equipment (they’ve recently added a second digital system), she can ensure her students remain at the cutting edge of radiographic technology, which prepares them for real-world jobs.
“It’s our job to provide skills current in the field and allow students to go out and be the best in their chosen profession,” she said.
And it’s worked so well that Doyle can proudly relate stories of recent graduates at their first jobs, teaching coworkers how to use the office’s new digital equipment.
The Hanson Award recognizes Doyle’s many contributions in making MCC’s Radiologic Technology programs one of the most successful in the country. MCC graduates of this program typically earn a greater than 90 percent student pass rate on the National Registry Certification Examination. They also boast higher rankings on the certification exam than both the state and national norms.
While calling the Hanson Award “the greatest award to be given,” Doyle also feels the role she plays in her students’ success is all in a day’s work. “Excellence? It’s what we do,” she said. “That’s our job.”
Doyle lives in Williamson with her longtime partner, Ron. In her free time she enjoys gardening, decorative painting, and quilting.