MARQUETTE – The recipients of the 2004 Distinguished Faculty Awards at Northern Michigan University are Gary Brunswick from the College of Business, Donald Dreisbach from the philsopy department, and Teresa Hunt from the English department.

Each will receive $1,000 and be recognized at spring commencement.

Brunswick is a professor of marketing and the director of business affairs for the college. He was previously honored for his service in the classroom with the 1997 Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Business and the 1995 Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award. Brunswick is responsible for a variety of administrative activities. These include course scheduling, budgeting, developing and implementing technology initiatives, developing recruiting and marketing strategies for the college, hiring adjuncts, and coordinating study-abroad program.

He joined the NMU faculty in 1991. Brunswick previously served as an instructor and research assistant while completing his doctorate at Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds a masterÂ’s degree in business administration from Marquette University and bachelorÂ’s and associate degrees in business administration from NMU.

Dreisbach is in his 35th year with the philosophy department and has spent much of that time as the departmentÂ’s representative to the Academic Senate. He created the interdisciplinary minor in religious studies and serves as its adviser. Dreisbach also was a key member of the committee that designed the Honors Program and is a member of the board that oversees the program.

He previously taught philosophy at Northwestern Evening Division. Dreisbach also served two years as an English instructor for the Peace Corps at the University of Tabriz in Iran. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University and his bachelorÂ’s in humanities and science from M.I.T.

In her 16 years on the NMU English faculty, Hunt has augmented her teaching responsibilities with a variety of administrative duties. She has served as director of composition, which involved supervising teaching assistants; interim co-head of the department; director of graduate studies in English; and supervisor of the university-wide writing proficiency exam.

Hunt also served as Northern’s accreditation coordinator in 2002-03. She helped with Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) activities that enabled NMU to secure reaccreditation through 2010. Based on her contributions, she was invited to represent AQIP and assist other schools in completing the “vital focus” elements necessary to join AQIP. Hunt holds a doctorate in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Tech, a master of arts in English from NMU, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Washington University.

The Distinguished Faculty Awards honor full-time faculty – including department heads – who have made significant contributions to NMU and their professional areas.

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Kristi Evans
News Director