Excellence in Teaching

Wittenberg University is committed to excellence in teaching. There are several awards given out to recognize this excellence.

Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty excellence in teaching award: The ODK award honors a current faculty member with less than five years of dedicated service to Wittenberg and is selected and awarded by students.

  • 2021: Dr. Elizabeth Schultz
  • 2020: Dr. Kelly Dillon
  • 2019: Dr. Michael Daiga
  • 2018: Dr. Brooke Wagner
  • 2017: Dr. Nancy Woehrle
  • 2016: Dr. Kate Polak McDonald
  • 2015: Dr. Amber Burgett
  • 2014: Dr. Julius Bailey
  • 2013: Dr. Richard Phillips

The Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching: The Alumni association award for distinguished teaching is presented in recognition of superior classroom teaching and contributions to the academic life of the students and faculty of Wittenberg University. This award is given by alumni and is the highest award a member of Wittenberg University's faculty can receive. Click Here for complete list.

  • 2021: Dr. Cynthia Richards
  • 2020: Dr. Brian Yontz
  • 2019: Dr. Elizabeth George
  • 2018: Dr. Adam Parker
  • 2017: Dr. Jeffrey Brookings
  • 2016: Dr. John Ritter
  • 2015: Dr. Robin Inboden
  • 2014: Dr. Catherine Egley Waggoner
  • 2013: Dr. Wendy Gradwohl

The Collegium Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching: is an annual award that recognizes outstanding teaching as well as a faculty member's commitment to growing and improving as a teaching scholar. It is the only teaching award at Wittenberg that is awarded by the faculty itself. Any faculty member who has taught at Wittenberg for at least three years is eligible for this award.

2021 Award Announcement

The Collegium Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching is an annual award that recognizes outstanding teaching as well as a faculty member’s commitment to growing and improving as a teaching scholar. The FDB is pleased to announce that this year’s Collegium Award is Cherie Rebar.

Cherie joined Wittenberg’s fledgling Nursing Department in August 2016 and has been key to its growth.  Students and colleagues attest to her commitment to student success. She describes her aim as preparing “curriculum, courses, and activities for [students] that are current, evidence-based, and applicable to current nursing practice.” To make her courses  relevant, for example, she recently developed a telehealth exercise for her students.

A colleague wrote in support of her nomination: “Dr. Rebar capitalizes on each student’s liberal arts education by connecting nursing education concepts to courses taken, or that will be taken, while a student at Wittenberg. This fosters a sense of holism in the ways in which Nursing students approach patient-centered, evidence-based Nursing practice.”

Among her accomplishments, she is co-author of Medical-Surgical Nursing: Concepts for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, a popular medical-surgical Nursing textbook. She recently completed a post-master’s certificate in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner studies at the University of Cincinnati and is on target to complete her Certified Nurse Educator certification in early 2021.

In her personal statement, Cherie speaks powerfully about her dedication to preparing students for a career in nursing. In the innovative spirit of the Collegium Award, she states: “It means never taking for granted that what I taught last year, last semester, or even last week as the most accurate information. I must constantly stay vigilant to share the most credible evidence-based information that will help my students become compassionate, considerate, and competent nurses who provide holistic care.”

  • 2021: Dr. Cherie Rebar
  • 2018: Dr. Cynthia Richards
  • 2016: Dr. Justin Houseknecht
  • 2015: Dr. Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Dr. Rick Incorvati
  • 2013: Dr. Heather Wright
  • 2012: Dr. Stefne Broz

The Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching: recognizes the highest level of teaching excellence by a visiting or adjunct faculty member at Wittenberg University.

2021 Award Announcement

The Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching recognizes the highest level of teaching excellence by a visiting or adjunct faculty member at Wittenberg University. The FDB is pleased to announce that this year’s Provost’s Awardee is Stephanie Eveland Parrott.

Stephanie has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department since Fall 2019. In this short amount of time, she has made significant contributions to her department. In addition to teaching several new courses, she navigated successfully in the past year the challenges of pivoting to remote and hyflex teaching while providing guidance to the rest of the department in these endeavors. Additionally, she has mentored summer research students, formed a reading group on women in science, and served as advisor to the Chemistry Club. In all these activities, “She has a clear passion to help her students succeed,” her nomination letter reads. Stephanie further attests to that commitment: “Over the years, I have learned to be a resource to students, and I aim to temper my high expectations for academic excellence with humility, compassion, and patience. I try to connect chemistry to life outside of the classroom and aim to promote personal growth by giving students the skills to take ownership of their success.”

  • 2021: Dr. Stephanie Eveland Parrott
  • 2019: Dr. Daniel Marous
  • 2018: Dr. Sha'Dawn Battle
  • 2016: Dr. Cara do Amaral
  • 2015: Dr. Joshua Paddison
  • 2014: Dr. Sunny Jeong

The Matthies Award: recognizes worthy teachers and their work:

  • 2021: Dr. Carolyn Gersch
  • 2019: Dr. Sha'Dawn Battle
  • 2018: Dr. Brian Yontz
  • 2017: Mr. Scott Dooley
  • 2014: Dr. Cynthia Richards
  • 2012: Dr. Steven Bogaerts
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