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2011 Recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

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.

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