Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Paula Schmidt
The Clarke University Board of Trustees established the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching in honor of former President Meneve Dunham. A review committee of faculty and students recommends the selected recipient to the president.
One student wrote about Paula:
“Paula’s teaching strategies help students understand content through hands-on experience and real-life situations. I am a better person for having her as my professor…I look to Paula for courage, strength, wisdom and learning.”
A colleague wrote:
“There is no better model in our department than Paula. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. I can honestly say that Paula is one of the most gifted teachers I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”
Another student wrote:
“I saw Paula balance becoming a mom, obtaining her doctorate and being an exceptional professor. She inspired me to obtain a master’s and doctorate as well. On my long drive to classes when I begin to doubt myself, I think of Paula and become re-energized. To this day, she continues to be my mentor when I need someone to talk to.”
Paula holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and special education from Winona State University; a master’s degree in professional development from Marian College and an Ed.D. in special education from the University of Northern Iowa.