Compton College Names 2019 Distinguished Faculty and Staff

Compton College recently announced its honorees for the 2019 Distinguished Faculty and Staff awards at its annual ice cream social, an event designed to thank all members of the campus community for their commitment to Compton College and its educational mission. Jerome Evans, social sciences instructor, and Pilar Huffman, human resources representative, were recognized for their dedication to students, Compton College, and colleagues.


Jerome Evans, recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award, is a social sciences instructor who joined Compton College in 1998. He teaches classes in Western Civilization and the Political and Social History of the United States. During his time at Compton College, he has served on the Academic Senate for 15 years, a faculty representative to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees for 12 years, and a grievance officer for 11 years. In addition, he has served as the coordinator for the book giveaway events during Black History Month and Latino Heritage Month.

Evans is known for bringing an empathetic attitude to his teaching and believes it is important to create a positive classroom environment for his students. "Teaching is an exciting experiment to be enjoyed while assisting others in the development of their talents, abilities and self-exploration, and then guiding the application of this knowledge to help students become successful and productive citizens," said Evans in describing his teaching philosophy.

He earned master's degrees in education administration and history from Pepperdine University, a bachelor's degree in English and drama from California State University, Los Angeles, and an associate degree in theatre arts from Los Angeles City College.


Pilar Huffman, recipient of the Distinguished Staff Award, has worked as a human resources representative at Compton College since June 2018. Huffman gained experience in a variety of consolatory and advisory positions before joining Compton College. Her desire for professional growth is reflected in her dedication to furthering her education, as well as attending conferences and workshops. She regularly seeks out opportunities to enhance her academic and lifelong learning skills, and volunteers to participate in on-campus committees and initiatives.

Huffman provides exemplary service to both the students and employees within the Compton Community College District. Described as punctual, professional, and positive by one of her peers, she is dependable and treats others with respect in every situation. Huffman's ability to be affable and professional with students, peers and managers is demonstrative of her passion toward both her professional position and the Compton College community.

Huffman earned a master's degree in organizational leadership from California Baptist University in 2018, while working fulltime at Compton College. She earned a bachelor's degree in human resources management from Ashford University. She is a Certified Notary Public and a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

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