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2002 Recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Associate Professor of Spanish Graciela Caneiro-Livingston

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 nominating student wrote this about Graciela:

“In my first course with Graciela, I found the material to be very challenging. I actually had tears in my eyes after the first day of class, and wasn’t sure if I could do it. Graciela was compassionate enough to sense my apprehension and volunteered to help me succeed. This was the extra push of encouragement I needed, and through the rest of my time at Clarke, she was the shining light that kept me focused. Graciela pushed me to accomplish things I never thought I could.”

A faculty colleague said:

“Graciela has remained committed to creative teaching. She is enthusiastic and energetic in motivating students to excel. She consistently receives highest praise from students each semester in class evaluations.”

Another student said:

“As I embarked on the tedious mission to complete my senior thesis, Graciela always managed to squeeze me into her busy schedule. Her approachability, dedication and enthusiasm makes her stand out.” 

Graciela earned a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, and a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Outside of the Clarke community, she is an interpreter for the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and the Dubuque Public Defendant’s Office. 

Graciela is Clarke’s study abroad coordinator, is an academic adviser for first-year international students, and is chair of the college’s International Education Committee. 

Graciela is also a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, and the Center for Latin America at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

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