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SVSU History: Landee Teaching Excellence Award

About the Award

Each year the University recognizes one, or occasionally two, full-time faculty member(s) as the recipient(s) of the Franc A. Landee Award for Teaching Excellence. Alumni, students, faculty and staff may nominate candidates.

An Award Committee which represents a cross-section of the University community makes the selection. The Award Committee will develop a short list of finalists from the total group of nominees and invite them to submit documentation of their teaching excellence.

Teaching excellence may vary by context, but generally you will recognize it when you experience it. An excellent teacher might be described by attributes such as:

• Maintains high standards and motivates students to excel
• Possesses exemplary knowledge of the subject matter and participates in its production
• Displays sincerity and enthusiasm in teaching
• Focuses on student learning and engages students in the learning process
• Recognizes and respects diversity among students
• Demonstrates fairness and integrity
• Respects student opinions
• Relates classroom learning to real life situations
• Informs classroom practice with a well-developed philosophy of teaching and learning

To be eligible for this award, a faculty member must be currently employed full-time at SVSU and must have taught at SVSU full-time two years previous to the award year. A list of eligible faculty and previous award recipients is available here. In making your nomination cite evidence that the nominee meets the above criteria.

SVSU site for the Landee Award for Teaching Excellence

Award Recipients

Landee Teaching Excellence Award

  • 1971-72  – Dr. William Hoffman (History)
  • 1972-73 – Dr. Gamal Elashhab (Education)
  • 1973-74 – Dr. Curtis McCray (English) - - Dr. Robert S. P. Yien (Sociology)
  • 1974-75 – Dr. Daniel Nussbaum (Mathematical Sciences)
  • 1975-76 – Dr. Phil Kumler (Chemistry)
  • 1977-78 – Dr. Robert W. Meadows (Education)
  • 1978-79 – Dr. Donald Novey (Economics) - - Dr. Harriet E. Tillock (Sociology)
  • 1979-80 – Dr. George W. Eastland (Chemistry)
  • 1980-81 – Dr. Walter R. Rathkamp (Biology)
  • 1981-82 – Dr. John V. Jezierski (History)
  • 1982-83 – Dr. Terry Ishihara (Mechanical Engineering & Technology)
  • 1983-84 – Dr. Thomas J. Renna (History)
  • 1984-85 – Dr. John A. Clinkenbeard (Accounting) - - Susie Emond (Education)
  • 1985-86 – Dr. Shyamalendua “Sam” Sarkar (Economics)
  • 1986-87 – Dr. Donald J. Bachand (Criminal Justice)
  • 1987-88 – Dr. Eric F. Petersen (History)
  • 1988-89 – Dr. Enayad H. Mahajerin (Mechanical Engineering & Technology)
  • 1989-90 – Dr. Robert Braddock (History) - - Dr. Walter L. Whittaker (English)
  • 1990-91 – Moe Bidgoli (Computer Sciences) - -  Dr. Garry L. Johns (Mathematical Sciences)
  • 1991-92 – Dr. Elaine C. Stephens (Education)
  • 1992-93 – Dr. Rosalie Riegle Troester (English)
  • 1993-94 – Dr. Radley J. Miller (Political Science)
  • 1994-95 – Dr. Stephen S. Lawrence(Chemistry)
  • 1995-96 – Marilyn Y. Knight (Accounting)  - - Dr. John R. Willertz (History)
  • 1996-97 – Mary Mullin Graiver (Nursing)
  • 1997-98 – Dr. David E. Barker (Modern Foreign Languages)
  • 1998-99 – Dr. Matthew G. Margres ( Psychology)
  • 2099-00 – Dr. Paul E. Teed (History)
  • 2000-01 – Dr. Jeffrey Ashley (Political Science)
  • 2001-02 – Dr. Ranjana Dutta (Psychology)
  • 2002-03 – Dr. Sally A. Decker (Nursing)
  • 2003-04 – Dr. Andrew A. Swihart (Psychology)
  • 2004-05 – Brooks P. Byam (Mechanical Engineering)
  • 2005-06 – Gladys A. Hernandez (Modern Foreign Languages)
  • 2006-07 – Anne Tapp (Educational Technology and Development)
  • 2007-08 – M. P. Cavanaugh (English)
  • 2008-09 – Kenneth Jolly (History)
  • 2009-10 – Drew E. Hinderer (Philosophy)
  • 2010-11 – Andrew Chubb (Chemistry)
  • 2011-12 – Elizabeth Roe (Nursing)
  • 2012-13 - Julie Foss (Modern Foreign Languages)
  • 2013-14 - Joshua Ode (Kinesiology)
  • 2014-15 - Tami Sivy
  • 2015-16 - Erik Trump
  • 2016-17 - Rebecca Schlaff (Kinesiology)
  • 2017-18 - Andrea Frederick (Nursing)
  • 2018-19 - Emily Kelley (Art)