Northern Michigan University’s Sandra Poindexter is one of three recipients of the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. She was selected for the honor by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan based on her "sustained commitment to creating and infusing innovative teaching strategies and experiential learning opportunities into the classroom."

            Poindexter joined the NMU College of Business 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 has also been at the forefront of NMU's international education efforts. Poindexter participated in a faculty exchange in Finland, coordinated the European Union-NMU Exchange Program from 1996-2000 and helped organize an annual International Information Technology Student Conference.

            Poindexter will be honored at a May 14 luncheon in Lansing. The award program, in its second year, recognizes the outstanding contributions made by the faculty at Michigan's 15 public universities to the education of undergraduate students.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director