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Excellence in Teaching

Nominations for Marylhurst University's Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching Award are submitted by students and colleagues. The Faculty Development Committee reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the Provost.

Here are the 2015 award recipients, each of whom richly deserves this recognition:

David Denny
Department of Culture & Media

Dr. David Denny enjoys the challenge of making philosophy and critical theory both accessible and applicable. One student said: "Dr. Denny taught this class with such memorable poignancy and aptitude that I look back on it as one of the points during my Bachelor of Arts that I was truly able to hone in on my past learning. He challenges you to make your philosophy come alive in the context of the response papers, as well as the final essay. What I found most beneficial was the discussions, which through these different lenses of thought, stories and other works of man became more real than we ever imagined."

Keri Behre
Department of English

Dr. Keri Sanburn Behre teaches Shakespeare, drama, food literature and other courses in the English department, where she also directs the online degree in English Literature & New Media. One student reported: "Dr. Keri Behre is a master at engaging and supporting her students. She thoughtfully and clearly identifies student challenges and helps students overcome those. As an online student, Keri has helped me feel engaged in her courses. She chooses platforms which creatively and clearly relay her instruction (YouTube, Prezi, Twitter, etc.). Dr. Behre clearly exhibits a passion for English and Literature (particularly Shakespeare). As related to new media, she successfully integrates the two subjects so they work cohesively. Dr. Behre is the greatest asset which Marylhurst enjoys (in my humble opinion). She is one of those rare people who literally changes one's life."

Earle Broadbent
School of Business

Earle Broadbent teaches business statistics for undergraduate and MBA students as well as marketing, research, management tools and organizational behavior. One student wrote: "Professor Broadbent was one of the most knowledgeable mathematics teachers that I have had the pleasure to learn from at Marylhurst. Professor Broadbent went above and beyond... He took the time to hold weekly webinars and did not close them until all questions were asked and all students thoroughly understood the concepts being taught. When I myself or others had questions he was quick to respond. I loved the use of technology and videos in his learning. I am not a learner that can sit and read a textbook and 'get it' and he was very receptive to this by accompanying almost every weekly discussion with example spreadsheets, more in-depth reading from sources other than the text, and statistics videos that made even the most complex formulas understandable."

Past Recipients


Torey Browne, Communication Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Business
Meg Roland, English Literature & Writing
Pete Wright, School of Business


Reiko Igarashi, Interior Design
Jim Davis, Human Sciences
Patrick Balducci, School of Business
Chuck Caruso, English Literature & Writing


Susan Carter, Interdisciplinary Studies (MA)
Greg Dardis, Science and Math
David Scott Arnold, Religious Studies


Christine Turner, Art Therapy Counseling
Louise Neilson, Communication Studies
Simeon Dreyfuss, Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
Duane Gehlsen, Human Sciences


Eileen Mejia, Communications
Perrin Kerns, English Literature and Writing
Michael Hohn, Business
Lisa Jo Frech, Science and Math


Leon Abbott, Business & Management, Accelerated Online Program
Sheila O'Connell-Roussell, Religious Studies
Emily Ross, Music Therapy
Sarah Slayton, Art Therapy Counseling


Herb Long, Human Sciences
Jennifer Sasser, Chair, Human Sciences
Eileen Franzese Schiffer, MBA
Elizabeth Spurgeon, Interior Design


Elaine Bagley, Art Therapy
Jan Dabrowski, Science & Mathematics
John Haek, Music
Ger Killeen, Cultural & Historical Studies


Andy Job, Business & Leadership
Masoud Kheirabadi, Cultural & Historical Studies
Jay Ponteri, English Literature & Writing
Cheryl Schneidermann, Interior Design


Greg Crosby, Psychology
Libby Farr, Interior Design
Paul Gilbarg, Business & Leadership
Peter Whitmore, Music


Ann Hill, Math
Marian Pierce, English Literature & Writing
Margaret Shirley, Art


Faith Chalmers, Liberal Arts Core
Dennis Cunningham, Art
Annette Shore, Art Therapy


Sister Magdalen Fautch, SNJM, Music
Larry Hanson, Science & Mathematics


Lisa Davidson, Communication Studies
Sister Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, Religious Studies


Art Bridge, Religious Studies
Aliza Keddem, Human Sciences
Pierina Parise, Library Information Management
Susanne Stegmiller, Life Planning & Career Development


David Arnold, Interdisciplinary Studies (MA)
Herb Long, Human Studies
Patricia Meyers, Religious Studies
Rich Rollins, Art



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