Two Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Awards are presented each year in honor and recognition of meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creativity related to teaching to two full-time faculty members of the University of Nebraska. Both awards may be made to the same campus in a given year.
2015 Call for Nomination Information
2014 Award Winners
Dawn Mollenkopf, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
A UNK faculty member since 2003, Mollenkopf is known for her creativity, passion for teaching, and dedication to her students. She regularly works nights and weekends in order to give students the personal attention they need. “She is simply the most dedicated, student-centered professor and teacher I have ever met and working in teacher education, I have met literally thousands of outstanding teachers,” wrote one nominator. Mollenkopf also is a prolific researcher who has helped bring in $4 to $5 million in grants to the university, most focused on the critical area of early childhood education. She is active in professional organizations, has served on NU committees for early childhood and distance education, and served as president of UNK’s faculty senate in 2012-13.
Judy Walker, Ph.D., Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Since coming to UNL in 1996, Walker has built a sustained record of excellence in teaching, not only in her own classroom but across the entire department. For example, she took the lead in reviewing a general education mathematics course that had been difficult for students and faculty alike. Students’ grades in the course have improved significantly since her review, a testament to her ability to explain mathematics and help students understand key concepts. Students know they will work hard in her classes, but also know she cares about their success and will do what she can to support them. Walker also helped to spearhead the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, which attracts hundreds of students annually and has helped change the gender distribution in the profession.