Each year, the Augsburg College faculty recognizes select colleagues with the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning awards—acknowledging those who have demonstrated outstanding support for students through teaching, advising, and mentoring.
The 2014 recipients include:
Excellence in Teaching: Stacy Freiheit, associate professor of psychology
“As a professor, [Stacy] ensures that she engages students in the material that she is teaching and makes it personal…She is very creative and open, and implements a multitude of methods to help students learn—from videos, to interviews, to live demonstrations.” —Amineh Safi ’14, psychology and political science major
Excellence in Scholarship: Phil Adamo, associate professor of history and director of the Medieval Studies Program
“[Phil] has an ability to fold students into his scholarship, providing them with rich and meaningful experiences that develop them as young scholars.” —Dixie Shafer, director of Augsburg’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity
Excellence in Advising and Mentoring: Shana Watters, associate professor of computer science
“[Shana] really shines. She is interesting; she is supportive; she has high expectations; she is fun. She takes her responsibility to her students very seriously, but never takes herself too seriously. As a result, she has been a remarkable mentor to many students, even those who have not chosen to pursue computer science.” —Carrie Shidla, Augsburg program manager and assistant director of academic advising