Four Excellence in Teaching Award winners named by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has given the system’s highest academic honor, Excellence in Teaching Awards, to four faculty members from Rochester Community and Technical College, Riverland Community College, St. Paul College and North Hennepin Community College.
The four honorees were selected from among 22 Board of Trustees Outstanding Educators. They are Robin Fruth-Dugstad of Rochester Community and Technical College, Suzette Overby of Riverland Community College, Daniel Paulnock of St. Paul College and Eugenia Paulus of North Hennepin Community College.
“The Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward exceptional professional accomplishments of individuals and to encourage ongoing excellence in teaching,” said Dan McElroy, who chairs the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee. “We know it is becoming increasingly important for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to be able to demonstrate to potential students, to employers, and to taxpayers that our academic programs and services meet objective and high standards for quality.”
Daniel Paulnock, a speech and communications instructor at St. Paul College. Reviewers said: Committed to teaching to students’ diverse learning styles, Paulnock uses cutting-edge technology to enhance innovations in instructional techniques. He introduced the first online classroom in speech and he validates student speech competencies against the standards in the industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech, English, education and broadcasting and a master’s degree in speech, education, communication and broadcasting, both from Emerson College in Massachusetts.
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