2005 Recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Associate Professor of Computer Science Sheila Castaneda

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 Sheila:

“Sheila has excellent teaching skills which promote a strong learning atmosphere. She gives engaging assignments that are very pertinent to the current topic and are very helpful in practicing new material and concepts. Sheila is a leader with very excellent and distinct teaching skills and advising skills.”

A former student said:

“As to how Sheila has helped not just me, but the campus and community as a whole, I can simply say that ‘recognizing excellence brings attention to excellence.’ I want the Clarke College community to recognize the incredible resource they have in this professor and I am grateful to have met her and had her as an influence in my life.”

A faculty colleague said:

“Sheila has a very keen interest in her students, challenging them according to their abilities. She has high expectations for their classroom achievements, as well as their general college experience. Sheila is an exemplary role model for our students and as a consequence receives great respect from her students as well as alumni.” 

Sheila holds a bachelor of arts degree from Clarke College and a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is a recipient of the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring; she serves on the Governor’s IowAccess Advisory Council in Des Moines; and has served as a reviewer and presented for numerous national computer science organizations. 

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