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Professors recognized for teaching excellence

Tuesday, May 13, 2014  
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For Immediate Release – 5/14/2014
Contact – Rita Elliott: 815.226.3374

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Two Rockford University faculty members have been honored with the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is presented annually to a full-time professor and adjunct professor.

Associate Professor of English William Gahan, Ph.D., received the full-time recognition. Dr. Gahan has been with Rockford University since 2009.  Noted for his individual attention to help his students succeed, one nomination says, “He helps students who are struggling and also helps students who are excelling excel further. He is very aware of his students' and their activities for example, emailing the cross country team after the conference meet to congratulate us on our accomplishments.” Another nomination includes, “He brought out magnificent literary connections from me that I did not even know existed.  I became a better writer in one semester with him than I ever thought possible.”

The adjunct award went to Martha Dahlberg, associate professor of Performing Arts, and who has been an instructor with the University since 2002. Her students note her ability to relate directly to their needs and motivate them to improve saying, “She never gives up nor lets me give up.” Another student shares, “She paid attention to how I think and learn and explained everything to me in the best way for me.”  

Awarded each May, nominations come from throughout the University and winners are chosen by an ad hoc selection committee. The criteria for both awards are knowledge of his/her discipline, respect for students, creative course development, advising, and campus leadership.


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