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ACCEL Excellence in Teaching Award

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May 2012


The annual Excellence in Teaching Award is a chance for students to recognize the outstanding efforts of a classroom instructor. Students are asked to consider how the instructor relates to students, encourages students as learners, challenges students to reach their maximum performance, makes the learning relevant and meaningful, provides timely and constructive feedback on assignments, encourages expression of opposing views, and engages students through innovative classroom techniques.   

We are proud to announce this year's award goes to Dave Gusaas.

The ACCEL Program has been fortunate to have Gusaas teaching for the past five years.  His courses include Math Fundamentals, Intermediate Algebra, Orientation to College Math, and Math for Business and Economics, all courses that give many adult learners severe math anxiety.  One of our current students explains why Dave is deserving of this award:

"In a nutshell, David makes learning fun. He's able to show adult learners how to use math in our everyday lives. I had not taken a math course–let alone college level math–in over 25 years. To say I was a little worried about passing is an understatement. But David presented these courses/concepts so that I could understand them and apply them in my work and everyday life. To me, that's what adult learning is really all about."

Gusaas received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Valley City State University in North Dakota, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University in Boston. His "day job" is teaching math in the Davenport Community Schools, and he travels every summer to Rhode Island where he is Site Director for a camp/school for gifted middle school students in Bristol, RI, run by Johns Hopkins University. 

It is with great pleasure that we recognize Gusaas as this year's recipient of the ACCEL Program's 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award.  

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