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Teaching & Advising Award Winners

At each years Fall Faculty Conference the Teaching and Advising Award winners are announced and honored.  A summary of all Teaching Award winners can be found here.

2012-2013

Jeanne Grant, North Saint Paul, Associate Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.  Grant joined the university faculty in 2008 and teaches world and European history and researches Central Europe during the early modern period.  She has been published extensively in the area.  Grant has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and an MA and PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Ruth Staus, Maplewood, Associate Professor, Nursing, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.  Staus started at Metropolitan State as a community faculty member in 2004 and became a full-time tenure-track faculty in 2007.  She teaches many courses in geriatric nursing and is a founding member of the Edgerton Wellness Center and the Love Grows Here Wellness Center, both of which serve diverse local populations.  She has a BAN from Metropolitan State, a MSN from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a DNP from Metropolitan State.

Sara Lenertz, Minneapolis, Community Faculty, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.  Lenertz joined the university community faculty in 2003.  She has a BA in mathematics and a BS and an MA in mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

Juan Rangel, West Saint Paul, full time academic advisor from the Department of Psychology, received the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award, the university's top advising honor.  Rangel started advising in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in 2005.  He also advised psychology students since 2010.  Rangel has a BA in sociology from the University of Texas-Austin and has pursued graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Stout.

Carol Lacey, Shoreview, associate professor, College of Individualized Studies, received the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award, the university's top advising honor.  Lacey first worked for Metropolitan State in 1974 as a community faculty member and was appointed as a CIS faculty member in 2012.  She teaches CIS courses and advises students in the individualized baccalaureate degree program.  Lacey has VA degrees in English, music and German from Concordia College, Moorhead; and an MA in journalism and political science and a PhD in American studies, both from the University of Minnesota.

2011-2012

Maythee Kantar, Minneapolis, professor, College of Arts and Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Donna Blacker,
Saint Paul, College of Arts and Sciences advisor, won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Advising, becoming only the fourth advisor to receive the award in university history.

Allen Bellas,
Edina, associate professor, College of Management, received the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award, the universityís top advising honor.


Ping Wang,
 Saint Paul, advisor in the College of Individualized Studies received the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award, the universityís top advising honor.


2010-2011

James Byrne, Saint Paul, professor in the College of Arts and Science received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Nancy Nentl, Lakeville, professor in the Marketing Department, College of Management received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Deborah Mosby, Roseville, assistant professor in Human Services Department, College of Professional Studies was presented with the the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award.

Lynda Zimmerman, Minneapolis, advisor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Community faculty member was presented with the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award.

 

2009-2010

Cecelia DePlessis Erickson, Minneapolis, a professor in the Psychology Department, College of Professional Studies received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Mark Stasson, White Bear Lake, a professor in the College of Professional Studies received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Marcia Anderson, Golden Valley, First College academic advisor and Beverly Hill, Edina, professor in language and literature in the university's College of Arts and Sciences, were presented the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award.

 

2008-2009

Joel Wilson, Lakeville, assistant professor in accounting in the College of Management, received the Outstanding Teacher Award. Last year, Wilson was presented an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Rikki Wagstrom, Saint Paul, assistant professor in mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Brenden Schaaf, Brooklyn Park, community faculty member teaching accounting in the College of Management, were presented the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Susan Hilal, Plymouth, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice assistant professor and academic advisor, and Siew Wong, Saint Paul, College of Management academic advisor, were presented the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award. 

2007-2008

Daryl Parks, Woodbury, associate professor, literature and language, College of Arts and Sciences and Urban Teacher Program received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Parks is in his fifth year teaching at the university. He holds a bachelorís degree in English, and masterís and Ph.D. degrees in education, all from the University of Minnesota.

Joel Wilson, Lakeville, assistant professor, College of Management, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Wilson has taught at Metropolitan State full time since 2006. He received a bachelorís degree in business administration/accounting from the University of St. Thomas. A certified public accountant, he obtained an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Megumi Yamasaki, Shoreview, assistant professor and academic advisor, First College, received the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award. Yamasaki has advised and taught at the university since 2004. She received her B.A. in elementary and kindergarten education in her native Japan. She holds a masterís degree in international development education and a Ph.D. in comparative international development education, both from the University of Minnesota.

Princess Kent Zak, New Richmond,WI., advisor, College of Management, received the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award. Kent Zak has advised at Metropolitan State since 2005. A former director of African American Student Services at the university, she has a bachelorís degree in print journalism from the University of St. Thomas. She holds a masterís degree in African American history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Metropolitan State University Emeriti Faculty

On April 14, 2007 The Center for Teaching and Learning unveiled a plaque in recognition and honor of the faculty who have reached emeriti status. Their dedication and contributions to the university community have not gone unnoticed.

The plaque hangs in the Center for Teaching and Learning on the Saint Paul Campus.

 

Year Awarded Emeriti Faculty
2013 Tim Erickson, Alice Magnuson, Suzanne Narayan, Hameed Nezhad, Tom O'Connell, Susan Spring Shumer, Ellen Schultz, and Kathy Wellington
2012 Grover Cleveland, Jeanne Cornish, Adela Peskorz, Lorene Wedking
2011 John Burton, Marilyn Loen
2010 Donald Bibeau, Deborah Bushway, Kenneth Zap
2009 Bob Fox, Dennis Daly, Sharon Rice Vaughan, Martha Sofio and Ron Salzberger
2008 Mary Brekke
2007 Rosalyn Rubin
2006 Mary Dressel and Mel Henderson
2005 Marilyn Vigil
2004 Chet Meyers
2003 Mary Martin and Anne Webb
2001 Beverly Ferguson, Miriam Meyers and Fancher Wolfe
2000 Colleen Coghlan and Carol Holmberg
1999 Jeff Levy, Piers Lewis and Carol Ryan


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