Poindexter Named Michigan Professor of the Year
Sandra Poindexter (Business) is one of three Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award winners, as announced by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan (PCSUM). She was selected based on her "sustained commitment to creating and infusing innovative teaching strategies and experiential learning opportunities into the classroom."
Poindexter joined the NMU faculty in 1980. She teaches computer information systems and previously served one-year interim appointments as director of business affairs in the college and head of the management, marketing and CIS department.
"Just being nominated by NMU for this award was an honor because there are many NMU faculty who constantly innovate, are great student mentors and experts in their disciplines," said Poindexter. "Actually receiving one of the awards is more humbling. It has been my good fortune to work in a technology field at a time when the Internet exploded and at a university that chose high tech as part of its vision. The opportunities for research, pedagogy changes and real-world student projects have been almost endless."
An avid proponent and practitioner of service learning, Poindexter garnered the 2007 Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award from Michigan Campus Compact. She also received the Distinguished Faculty Award from NMU in 2001 and a certificate of appreciation from Gov. Jennifer Granholm for participation in Michigan township Web development projects.
Poindexter’s teaching and research interests are in the following areas: technology adoption, particularly the Internet and notebook computers into academic environments; active, team-based and service-learning paradigms; and business applications of the Web. She is the author of more than 30 published articles and has presented nearly 50 papers at professional conferences. Poindexter has also been at the forefront of NMU's international education efforts. She participated in a faculty exchange in Finland, coordinated the EU-NMU Exchange Program from 1996-2000 and helped organize an annual International Information Technology Student Conference.
As a winner of PCSUM's second annual Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Awards, Poindexter will receive $3,000 and be honored at a May 14 luncheon in Lansing. The program recognizes the outstanding contributions made by the faculty at Michigan's 15 public universities to the education of undergraduate students. Each university nominates a faculty member who has had a significant impact on undergraduate student learning through various mediums including work in the classroom and student advising. Poindexter is the first NMU faculty member to win the award.