Alumni Association Teaching Award

The University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association established the UMMAA Teaching Award to honor individual faculty members for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. The significant contributions of all Morris faculty are recognized and appreciated, and UMMAA is pleased to celebrate a member of the scholarly community each year.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Award Year: 
2016

Heather J. Peters, associate professor of psychology, has received the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the 2016 University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association (UMMAA) Teaching Award. These honors are testaments to Peters’s dedication to and excellence in undergraduate education.

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Professor of Geology
Award Year: 
2015

Jim Cotter, professor of geology, has, in the words of his nominators, “created and applied a dynamic process that includes making geology and science accessible, getting students involved, and enriching students’ learning experiences with independent research.”

Jim Cotter
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Award Year: 
2014

Sheri Breen, assistant professor of political science, is, in the words of the nominating committee, “a paragon of excellence in teaching, advising, research, academic program development, and educational leadership.”

Sheri Breen
Professor of Computer Science
Award Year: 
2013

Nic McPhee, professor of computer science, has, in the words of the nomination committee, “served as a beloved teacher and influential mentor for hundreds of students, played a vital role in shaping an outstanding computer science program, [and] created and taught dozens of excellent and enjoyable courses based on principles of liberal arts education…”

Nic McPhee
Associate Professor of Biology
Award Year: 
2013

Timna Wyckoff, associate professor of biology, was nominated for this award because she is, according to the nominating committee, “an exemplary teacher, advisor, scholar, and community citizen.”

Timna Wyckoff
Associate Professor of History
Award Year: 
2012

Deane was nominated for this award because she is “an exemplary teacher, advisor, scholar, and community citizen.”

Jennifer K. Deane
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Award Year: 
2011

Rothchild was selected for being “an extraordinary teacher whose rigor, dedication, and passionate commitment to her field has transformed the lives of students and colleagues on this campus.”

Jennifer Rothchild
Associate Professor of Education
Award Year: 
2010

As an undergraduate student, Page was drawn to English. With the encouragement of her language professor, she also completed a French major. 

Michelle Page
Assistant Professor of English
Award Year: 
2009

Bradley Deane teaches Introduction to Literature, British Literature Survey II, Critical Approaches to Literature, and upper-level courses in literature of the long nineteenth century. He serves as the Honors Program director and teaches the interdisciplinary gateway course for the program.

Bradley Deane
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Award Year: 
2008

Nominated by colleagues, current students, and alumni, Pelletier is noted for setting high standards for her students and for utilizing a teaching style that puts students at ease and creates an open atmosphere in classroom and office.

Julie Pelletier
Award Year: 
2007

Nominated by colleagues, current students, and alumni, Buchanan is noted for a teaching style that exudes infectious energy and enthusiasm—contagious to both students and colleagues.

Sarah Buchanan
Associate Professor of English
Award Year: 
2006

Nominated by teaching colleagues, current students, and alumni, Schrunk Ericksen is noted for a teaching style that emphasizes high expectations of each and every student and a willingness to help her students be successful, in and out of the classroom. 

Janet Schrunk Ericksen
Associate Professor of Economics and Management
Award Year: 
2005

Mention daily assignments and some college students might groan—not so for students in Pareena Lawrence’s economics courses. 

Pareena Lawrence
Associate Professor of Elementary Education
Award Year: 
2004

Gwen Rudney earned teaching certification, a bachelor of science, a master of science, and a doctorate from the University of California, Riverside. She joined the UMM faculty in 1991. 

Gwen Rudney
Professor of Philosophy
Award Year: 
2003

A member of the philosophy faculty since 1991, Garavaso earned a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in philosophy from the University of Padova in Italy. 

Pieranna Garavaso
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Award Year: 
2002

"Dr. Carpenter puts her students ahead of everything else in her career," states student Kelly Gorres and Van Gooch, professor of biology, in making this nomination.

Nancy Carpenter
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Award Year: 
2001

Paula O'Loughlin combines her naturally entertaining, caring, exuberant personality with content and techniques that challenge and expand students' experiences.

Paula O'Loughlin
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Award Year: 
2000

Andy Lopez, professor of computer science, and Engin Sungur, associate professor of mathematics, and statistics major Gina Garding '99, state: "...Dr. Jon Anderson is a rare jewel that shines even in an institution that is blessed with an unusually high number of gifted teachers."

Jon Anderson
Associate Professor of Economics and Management
Award Year: 
1999

Bart Finzel earned a bachelor of science in economics from Valparaiso University, Indiana, and a master of arts and doctorate in economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He joined the Morris faculty in 1989. 

Bart Finzel
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Award Year: 
1998

As chair of the Functions and Awards Committee, Elizabeth Blake states: "The Committee was impressed by Peh's obvious enthusiasm for teaching and by her extraordinary dedication to students, including such evidence as her informal meetings with them, her home page on the Web, and her participation in extracurricular student activities."

Peh Ng
Associate Professor of Biology
Award Year: 
1997

A faculty member since 1989, Cole teaches genetics, plant biology, molecular biology, and conservation biology.

Christopher Cole

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