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The university appreciates and acknowledges the dedication and hard work of faculty and advisors to foster student success. The Excellence in Advising and Excellence in Teaching Awards is a means for students to nomnate faculty and advisors to receive official recognition at the annual Fall Teaching Workshop.
Access nomination forms for the Excellence in Advising, Outstanding Student, and Excellence in Teaching Awards.
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At each years Fall Faculty Conference the Teaching and Advising Award winners are announced and honored.
Current Advisors and Faculty Award Recipients:
Mark Grunewald, community faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award, the highest teaching honor at Metropolitan State. Grunewald, Minneapolis, joined Metropolitan State in 2001 and has been teaching Introduction to Statistics since 2002. He previously earned another university teaching honor-the Excellence in Teaching Award-in 2005. He has a BA in psychology from Macalester College, Saint Paul, and an MA in teaching mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Nadine Haley, associate professor in the School of Urban Education (UEd), received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. Haley, Minnetonka, started at the university in 2001. A former chair of Urban Education, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Haley's academic and research interests include literacy, culturally responsive teaching and teacher preparation in an urban context. She has been published in several academic journals and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences. She has a bachelor's degree in English education, Langston University, Oklahoma; a master's in communication from Columbia College, Chicago, and a master's in English education from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Haley also has a PhD in urban education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Barbara Beltrand, associate professor in the College of Management, received the 2014 Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award. Beltrand, Saint Paul, has been teaching as a Metropolitan State community or resident faculty member since 1993. A professor of accounting and a certified public accountant, Beltrand enjoys both teaching and counseling accounting students. She has bachelor's degrees in English and anthropology from Macalester College; a master of library science from Simmons College, Mass., and a master in professional accounting/business administration from Northeastern University, Mass.
Kim Doebbert, academic advisor in the College of Individualized Studies, received the 2014 Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award. Doebbert, Maplewood, has been an academic advisor at Metropolitan State for more than 13 years. A licensed Minnesota teacher, she has taught children and adults in many subjects and at several higher education institutions, including Metropolitan State, North Hennepin Community College and Normandale Community College. She has bachelor's degrees in music and elementary education and a master's in elementary education, all from Winona State University.
Linda Martinez, admissions advisor in the International Student Services office, received the 2014 Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award. Martinez, White Bear Lake, started at the university in 1994. She previously worked in the Ethnic Studies and Social Work departments and served as a TRIO counselor, academic advisor in Urban Education, and an office manager in the university's admissions office. Martinez became an international admissions advisor in 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in social work from Metropolitan State and a master's in social work from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Jeanne Grant, North Saint Paul, Associate Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Grant joined the university faculty in 2008 and teaches world and European history and researches Central Europe during the early modern period. She has been published extensively in the area. Grant has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and an MA and PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ruth Staus, Maplewood, Associate Professor, Nursing, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Staus started at Metropolitan State as a community faculty member in 2004 and became a full-time tenure-track faculty in 2007. She teaches many courses in geriatric nursing and is a founding member of the Edgerton Wellness Center and the Love Grows Here Wellness Center, both of which serve diverse local populations. She has a BAN from Metropolitan State, a MSN from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a DNP from Metropolitan State.
Sara Lenertz, Minneapolis, Community Faculty, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Lenertz joined the university community faculty in 2003. She has a BA in mathematics and a BS and an MA in mathematics from the University of Minnesota.
Juan Rangel, West Saint Paul, full time academic advisor from the Department of Psychology, received the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award, the university's top advising honor. Rangel started advising in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in 2005. He also advised psychology students since 2010. Rangel has a BA in sociology from the University of Texas-Austin and has pursued graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Stout.
Carol Lacey, Shoreview, associate professor, College of Individualized Studies, received the Carol C. Ryan Excellence in Advising Award, the university's top advising honor. Lacey first worked for Metropolitan State in 1974 as a community faculty member and was appointed as a CIS faculty member in 2012. She teaches CIS courses and advises students in the individualized baccalaureate degree program. Lacey has VA degrees in English, music and German from Concordia College, Moorhead; and an MA in journalism and political science and a PhD in American studies, both from the University of Minnesota.
Metropolitan State University Emeriti Faculty
On April 14, 2007, the Center for Faculty Development unveiled a plaque in recognition and honor of the faculty who have reached emeriti status. Their dedication and contributions to the university community have not gone unnoticed. The plaque hangs at the entrance of the Founders Hall Auditorium on the Saint Paul Campus.
|Year Awarded||Emeriti Faculty|
|2016||Nancy Black, Kenneth Hess, Kathryn Kelley, Mary Kirk, and Jacqueline Richardson|
|2015||Robert Gremore and William Payne|
|2014||Michael Breci, Everett Doolittle, and Roger Prestwich|
|2013||Tim Erickson, Alice Magnuson, Suzanne Narayan, Hameed Nezhad, Tom O'Connell, Susan Spring Shumer, Ellen Schultz, and Kathy Wellington|
|2012||Grover Cleveland, Jeanne Cornish, Adela Peskorz, and Lorene Wedeking|
|2011||John Burton and Marilyn Loen|
|2010||Donald Bibeau, Deborah Bushway, and Kenneth Zapp|
|2009||Bob Fox, Dennis Daly, Sharon Rice Vaughan, Martha Sofio, and Ron Salzberger|
|2006||Mary Dressel and Mel Henderson|
|2003||Mary Martin and Anne Webb|
|2001||Beverly Ferguson, Miriam Meyers, and Fancher Wolfe|
|2000||Colleen Coghlan and Carol Holmberg|
|1999||Jeff Levy, Piers Lewis, and Carol Ryan|