Justin Strader, from Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, Delaware, was awarded the $2500 Jack Erjavec Innovative Instructor Award at the 43rd annual NACAT Conference.
The annual Jack Erjavec Innovative Instructor Award is granted to an instructor who demonstrates innovative and effective use of technology in the classroom. Sponsored by textbook publisher Cengage Learning, and administered by the NACAT Education Foundation, the award is a tribute to Jack Erjavec for his contributions to automotive education. Jack is the author of the best selling automotive textbook, Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach, and is the Today’s Technician Series Editor as well as is the lead author, series editor, or contributor to dozens of other Cengage books. Jack has also been an officer in many automotive-related training and education associations, including NACAT, and has been awarded numerous honors throughout his career.
Justin is a graduate (2007) of the same institution at which he currently teaches. His Department Chairperson, Mark Swarbrick, who also was one of Justin's educators, revealed, "I had the pleasure of teaching Justin during his time at Delaware Tech, and I told him back then I felt he would be an excellent instructor. He graduated, worked for Toyota, was in TIME magazine, and he worked in the Independent shop for years becoming the lead technician. With his education and diverse experience Justin is now the first year instructor incorporating the latest technology into the classroom and laboratory." It was further revealed that Strader utilizes Socrative (app), Pocket Prep (ASE test prep app), Mind Tap, and Blackboard Intereractive. He further integrates QR codes and YouTube videos into lessons, creates educational videos by using a GoPro system, and has students utilize electronic repair orders.
The award was presented to Justin by Jack Erjavec and Jonathan Sheehan, Marketing Manager for Cengage Learning. After meeting Justin, Jack said “Justin is an outstanding and talented young man. I am pleased to be able to recognize him for his profesionalism and dedication to bringing technology into the classroom.”