2009 Recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Tom Riley 

The Clarke College 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 Tom:

“Tom’s engaging personality allows him to relate to students on an individual basis both in and out of the classroom. By maintaining an informal classroom environment, he enhances student participation in respectful intellectual dialogue. Tom has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on my life and the lives of many students.”

A faculty colleague wrote:

“Tom is an extraordinary teacher. I have observed him teaching on multiple occasions in classes as diverse as lower-level general education courses on one hand and challenging upper-level courses on the other. He has a special talent for challenging students to do their best without, at the same time, overwhelming them.”

Another student wrote:

“Tom has long been someone I respect and admire for having a holistic approach to education. Every aspect of his teaching is unique, from the way material is presented in lectures to the way students are evaluated. He exudes a love for his field and a desire to share that love with students.” 

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, a Ph.L. degree from Catholic University of Louvain, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
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