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U of M inducts 15 profs into Academy of Distinguished Teachers

The University of Minnesota will bestow its Distinguished Teaching Award on 15 top faculty members today, inducting them into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

The University of Minnesota will bestow its Distinguished Teaching Award on 15 top faculty members today, inducting them into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. It’s the university’s most prestigious award for excellence in teaching.

The 3:30 p.m. ceremony is at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis.

Seven of the award winners teach undergraduates and will receive the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award:

  • Christopher Cramer, chemistry, College of Science and Engineering
  • Kirsten Fischer, history, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jeanne Higbee, post-secondary teaching and learning, College of Education and Human Development
  • Gary Jahn, Slavic languages and literature, College of Liberal Arts
  • Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, early childhood education, U of M, Crookston
  • Susan Mantell, mechanical engineering, College of Science and Engineering
  • Michelle Page, secondary education, U of M, Morris

Eight others will receive the Graduate-Professional Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to post-baccalaureate, graduate and professional education:

  • Melissa Avery, Child and Family Health Co-operative, School of Nursing
  • Janet Dubinsky, neuroscience, Medical School
  • Edward Goetz, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Ralph Holzenthal, entomology, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Anatoly Liberman, German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, College of Liberal Arts
  • Raymond Newman, fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Margaret Root Kustritz, veterinary clinical sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ann Van Heest, orthopaedic surgery, Medical School

Phil Esten, president and CEO of the Alumni Association, said: “This year’s honorees have made a lasting impression on their many students, providing them with the skills and knowledge to compete in an increasingly complex world.”