2006 Recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Alecia Thiele

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 Alicia:

“The first day that I entered into Alicia’s classroom, I knew that I was going to like her class. She has an incredibly way of making people feel welcome and excited to learn. I hope that someday I can share the life-long lessons that I have learned from her with other students.”

Another student commented:

“The words that come to mind when I think of Alicia are dedicated, persistent, diligent, compassionate, sincere and accountable. Her hard work and passion toward her students and occupation have earned the respect and admiration of her students, co-workers and patients.”

A faculty colleague said:

“Alicia exemplifies outstanding dedication and skill in the classroom and clinical education of our students. She does so through outstanding traditional and non-traditional methods of teaching.” 

Alicia holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse, a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and will receive her doctoral degree this August. She is a member of various professional organizations in her field and continues to provide continuing education to colleagues in her field throughout the country. Alicia has also served on many Clarke College committees including the graduate council and the college’s planning committee.

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