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April 10, 2007
Nursing’s Oldenburg honored for excellence in instruction
DeKalb — Good teachers know it when they see it: the “a-ha moment,” that instant when a student’s eyes light up in recognition of a concept newly understood.
For good teachers, it’s a frequent and favorite reward for their work. They pay attention to their pedagogy to adjust, enhance and improve what they do, spreading the light bulbs across as many minds as possible.
Northern Illinois University has many good teachers, and Judith Lukaszuk, Carla Montgomery and Julie Robertson stand tall among them. The three are this year’s recipients of the Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Joining them in honor is Nancy Oldenburg, an instructor in the School of Nursing, who has received the university’s second Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction award.
Lukaszuk, from the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences; Montgomery, from the Department of Geology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Robertson, from the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Sciences, now enjoy the university’s longest-standing honor.
It stands in a class of its own because the nominations and subsequent words of support originate with the young minds on the other side of the classroom.
“That’s what makes it really special. They’ve been the guinea pigs on the receiving end of the teaching,” Montgomery said. “I was very much flattered when I heard the students wanted to nominate me. It really was a thrill.”
Initiated in 1966, the awards honor excellent undergraduate teaching in the university, encourage improvement of instruction and promote discussion among members of the university community on the subject of teaching.
Nominees must be full-time faculty whose major responsibility is teaching and must have worked at least five full academic years at NIU. Lukaszuk, Montgomery and Robertson each receive a check for $2,000.
Click on the names below for closer looks at the four.
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