The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities recognized 36 faculty with Awards for Excellence at an awards ceremony on April 19. These awards are conferred annually to college and university teaching faculty and university administrative service faculty to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.
SERVICE FACULTY OF THE YEAR
This award is bestowed upon university service faculty to acknowledge and reward exceptional individual professional accomplishment, and to encourage ongoing excellence in the key roles that service faculty fulfill at our system’s universities, including advising and counseling students; recruitment, retention, and placement of students; residential life programming; facilitation of student groups and student leadership; and other involvement in university and community activities.
This year, the Service Faculty of the Year is:
Director of Housing and Residential Life
Interim Dean of Students
Bemidji State University
“Dr. Ludeman is a highly experienced and deeply respected leader, not only on the BSU campus but throughout the Minnesota State system and, indeed, throughout the higher education community,” said John Hoffman, president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. “Simply put, he has dedicated his life to our students, and he takes great pride in continually bettering himself so, in turn, he may continue to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.”
EDUCATORS OF THE YEAR
These awards are bestowed upon faculty to acknowledge and reward exceptional professional accomplishment, and to encourage ongoing excellence in teaching. The award proclaims, on behalf of the entire Minnesota State system, the Board of Trustees’ pride in the dedication and accomplishment of its faculty who provide instruction that prepares Minnesota State college and university students for their professional, scholarly, and civic lives.
This year, the Educators of the Year are:
Metro State University
“Dr. Crim’s focus on equity, inclusion, and social justice permeates all of his work and community activities and promotes opportunity and hope for all,” said Virginia Arthur, president of Metropolitan State University. “He truly embodies our campus values and Minnesota State’s commitment to excellent teaching and community engagement that promotes educational equity for our students.”
English, Global Studies
“Shannon is well-regarded on campus and beyond for her contributions as an instructor and as an award-winning author who has leveraged her experience and success to benefit students by connecting them with the Minnesota and national literary community,” said Sharon Pierce, president of Minneapolis College. “She continually works to create a curriculum that reflects the diversity of the College’s student body, and to create learning environments that allow students to make connections with their lived experience.”
Inver Hills Community College
“Dr. Zsohar is a highly respected faculty member with a passion for her students and for equity and inclusion,” said Michael Berndt, president of Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College. “She is a valued member of the IHCC community, and is dedicated to her students and colleagues, equity and inclusion efforts, and innovative community-based learning.”
Outstanding Service Faculty
Five were also recognized as Outstanding Service Faculty.
|Hailey||Olson||St. Cloud State University|
|Sara||Schultz||Minnesota State University Moorhead|
|Amy||Staloch||Minnesota State University, Mankato|
|Tyler||Treptow-Bowman||Winona State University|
|Ping||Wang||Metropolitan State University|
Twenty-seven were recognized as Outstanding Educators
|Jim||Bainer||Minnesota State Community and Technical College|
|Cathy||Bishop||Anoka Technical College|
|Shane||Bowyer||Minnesota State University, Mankato|
|Greg||Cady||Minnesota State College Southeast|
|Ruth||Casper||Rochester Community and Technical College|
|Kent||Dahlman||Minnesota West Community and Technical College|
|Jennifer||Evens||St. Cloud Technical and Community College|
|Betsy||Goetz||Riverland Community College|
|Brenda||Henriksen||Northwest Technical College|
|Matt||Holmes||Hennepin Technical College|
|Craig||Jasperse||Minnesota State University Moorhead|
|Sara||Johannes||Saint Paul College|
|Tracey||Kloeckl-Jiménez||Central Lakes College|
|Timothy||Loney||Minnesota North College|
|Melanie||Melendrez-Vallard||Anoka-Ramsey Community College|
|Kelly||Meyer||Anoka-Ramsey Community College|
|Francois||Nguyen||Saint Paul College|
|Byron||Pike||Minnesota State University, Mankato|
|Gemma||Punti||Metropolitan State University|
|Khaled||Rabieh||Metropolitan State University|
|Mary Kay||Riendeau||Minnesota North College|
|Kate||Ries||Metropolitan State University|
|Jay||Stencel||South Central College|
|Patricia||Wisenden||Minnesota State University Moorhead|
|Adrienne||Zarn||Dakota County Technical College|
Learn more at www.MinnState.edu/BOTawards.
2024 Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence Nominations
The 2024 Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence Nomination Guidelines are available now. Review the guidelines and rubrics on the BOT Awards page of ASA Connect. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2023.
Catherine Ford, EdD
Program Director for Educational Development
Learn more at www.MinnState.edu/BOTawards.