M State instructors receive national teaching awards [UPDATED]Published 3:57am Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Updated 6:09am Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Three instructors at Minnesota State Community and Technical College are the recipients of national awards recognizing their excellence in education and college leadership.
Carol Bischof, Pam Cummings and Lynn Kaiser received Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and will be recognized formally at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Austin, Texas, in late May.
Award winners are selected on the basis of demonstrated excellence in the classroom and contributions outside the classroom through special projects or committee leadership.
Bischof, a biology instructor on the Fergus Falls campus, receives high marks from students and colleagues for her teaching methods and her commitment to students and learning. She developed and co-wrote the AS in Biological Science and AS in Environmental Science degrees for the Fergus Falls campus and collaborated with Bemidji State University to secure articulation agreements for both programs. She has collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, regional hospitals and the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center to arrange learning experiences for students. With a colleague, she helped to organize Science Day and STEM Day on the campus, and she has provided a leadership role through work on numerous M State committees and through collaborative work with instructors for other institutions.
Cummings is an instructor in the Paralegal degree program on the Detroit Lakes campus, where she has supported college initiatives through her extensive involvement on committees, initiatives and events including Curriculum Day and Assessment Day. She actively reaches out to prospective students, has pursued articulation agreements with Minnesota State University Moorhead and often seeks to integrate non-traditional curriculum into her courses. Cummings has a strong interest in personal development and has been a leader in the Leadership from the Heart program, and her community activities include service on the board of directors of the Detroit Lakes Boys and Girls Club.
Kaiser, chair of the business division on the Moorhead campus, is widely recognized for her innovations in business instruction and curriculum development, including piloting digital courseware, expanding software use, developing advanced courses in strategic management and sales, and working with the teams that championed collaborative partnerships with Minnesota State University Moorhead and the University of Mary. She is an active student advisor and leader in college-wide customer service initiatives, conducts continuous research in evolving and emerging business curricula, and is involved in community civic and religious organizations.