in Teaching Recipients Announced
Ventre (English) and
Wally Niebauer (CAPS) are the recipients of the
2005 Excellence in Teaching Awards at NMU. They will be recognized
at the Celebration of Scholarship Ceremony from 4-5
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in the
Peter White Lounge of the University
Each will receive a plaque and a $1,000 check.
faculty are encouraged to attend the celebration, which will also
honor the following 2005 TLC Faculty Award recipients, all from
Kathleen Heikkila, Mitchell
Klett, Laura Reissner,
and N. Suzanne Standerford.
More information on these awards will be published in the next issue
joined the NMU English faculty in 1979. He has served on the following
university committees: AAUP executive, educational policy, and salary
compression review. He also chairs the graduate programs committee.
Ventre is director of English graduate studies and AAUP faculty
grievance officer. He is a past recipient of the outstanding faculty
award from the NMU chapter of Mortar Board. Ventre received a bachelorís
degree in English from Providence
and an English doctorate from
arrived at NMU four years ago after teaching public relations for
17 years at Iowa State University. He is a member of the following
advisory boards: the USOEC, academic service learning, and health
promotions. He also serves as adviser for the NMU chapter of the
Public Relations Student Society of America, a role that earned
him the 2002-03 student organization adviser of the year award.
Niebauer received a bachelorís degree in communications and natural
resources and a master's in environmental communications Ė both
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a mass media
doctorate in philosophy from Michigan State.
Excellence in Teaching Award is sponsored by the Teaching Learning
Advisory Committee (TLAC) and the office of the provost and vice
president for academic affairs.
demonstrate a sustained record of high achievement in teaching evidenced
by, but not restricted to: positive peer observation; high student
qualitative and quantitative evaluation; a thorough knowledge of
subject matter taught; clarity, organization, and consistency in
subject presentation and assessment; enthusiasm for teaching and
learning; creation of a safe and open learning environment; and
experimentation with teaching and learning paradigms.