Cincinnati State celebrates faculty excellence with awards

April 17, 2015

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Cincinnati State celebrates faculty excellence with awards

Dr. Heather Hatchett, the chair of Cincinnati State’s Psychology Department, and Melinda Piles, a 
Health & Fitness Technologies instructor, were presented the college’s top annual award for faculty 
excellence during a ceremony this week.

Dr. Hatchett, a resident of Independence, Ky., and Piles, who lives in Mt. Lookout, were chosen by 
their colleagues to receive the House/Bruckmann Award for Faculty Excellence, awarded each year 
at Cincinnati State to celebrate classroom teaching as well as service to students, the college and 
the larger community. The award is named for Clifford House, the first president of Cincinnati State, 
and Alice Bruckmann, a member of its original Board of Trustees.

Both Piles and Dr. Hatchett have been teaching at Cincinnati State since 2010.

 Heather Hatchett was educated at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she 
earned a BA in 1992, and at the University of Mississippi, where she earned a MA in 1996 
and her Ph.D. in 2000. 

In addition to teaching a variety of entry and upper-level courses – they range from First 
Year Experience 110 and Introduction to Psychology to Child Development, Adolescent 
Psychology and Adult Psychology – Dr. Hatchett has embraced a variety of community and 
campus responsibilities. Notably, she serves as co-chair of Cincinnati State’s Behavioral 
Intervention Committee, which has established processes and guidelines for intervention 
when students exhibit behaviors that prompt concern their own safety or that of others. Dr. 
Hatchett also established a campus outreach program for the River City Correctional Center 
in Camp Washington, working with soon-to-be-released inmates in an effort to reduce 

She is also a faculty co-advisor to the Psychology Club, which over the past year has 
brought outside experts to campus for talks on topics ranging from neurosurgery to the 
effects of psychotropic drugs on adolescents. She is also a member of the Faculty Culture 
and Communication Committee and the Title IX faculty workgroup, and volunteers as a 
reader for the Greater Cincinnati Academic League and the FIRST Lego League. 

 Melinda Piles, a member of the first generation of her family to attend college, earned her 
BA from the University of Kentucky in 1985 and her M. Ed from the University of Cincinnati 
in 1991. She is a certified Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports 
Medicine (ACSM), an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and a National Academy of Sports 
Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist.

She worked at UC and owned her own small business before coming to Cincinnati State, 
where she teaches, among other courses, Personal Training I and II, Resistance Training, 
Exercise Physiology, Fitness Training, Foundations to Health and Wellness, and Corrective 
Exercise. She also supervises the Health and Fitness Training Internship and the Personal 
Training Practicum.

At Cincinnati State Piles serves as advisor for Health and Fitness Training Club and is an 
active member of the Faculty Senate. In her classrooms and labs, she is known for using 
technology and tailoring her classes to motivate specific students. 

Dr. Hatchett and Piles will be recognized at Cincinnati State’s Commencement Ceremony May 3.

Cincinnati State ( enrolls about 10,600 students and offers more than 130 
associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, 
engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State 
has one of the most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.