MARQUETTE – Larry Pagel, an assistant business professor at Northern Michigan University, has been awarded the 2005 Collegiate Business Teacher of the Year Award from the National Business Education Association. 

            Originally from Grafton, Iowa, Pagel came to NMU in 1997 as a teacher educator. He teaches business education methods and business education classes and supervises student teachers. The award recognizes Pagel for his achievements in developing the business curriculum to meet the new state standards and for receiving a mean of 4.35 on a 5.0 scale from students during the 2003 evaluation period.

            “I was surprised when I first learned that I would receive the award,” said Pagel.  “I have taught for 30 years and I know several other collegiate teachers who certainly deserve it.”

            Prior to his career at NMU, Pagel taught as a visiting professor at Emporia State University in Kansas. He also gained teaching experience at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, St. Cloud University, postsecondary schools in Wisconsin and Iowa, and at the University of North Dakota, where he worked as an instructor and also as a teaching assistant while pursuing his doctorate.

Pagel is the adviser for the Epsilon Delta chapter of Pi Omega Pi, a business education national society, and for Lutheran Student Movement. He is also the chair of the Policies Commission for Business and Economic Education. Pagel serves as the Michigan representative on the North Central Business Education Association administrative board, as well as the chair of the association's marketing/linkages committee.

Nominees for the NBEA Teacher of the Year Award must be primarily engaged in teaching business at the collegiate level with contributions that have had a major impact within three years prior to their nomination.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz