Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University professors Ray Ventre and Wally Niebauer are recipients of the 2005 Excellence in Teaching Awards. 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 Center. Each will receive a plaque and a $1,000 check.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Ventre 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 bachelorÂ’s degree in English from Providence College and an English doctorate from Brown University.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Niebauer 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 bachelorÂ’s degree in communications and natural resources and a master's in environmental communications – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a mass media doctorate in philosophy from Michigan State.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The 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. Nominees must 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.

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Becky Kratz