Distinguished Teaching Award
Kathy Danielkiewicz, Recipient 2005
Lake Superior State University staff members Kathy Danielkiewicz and Heather Ferguson, and faculty member Sherilyn Duesing have been chosen by their co-workers and students as recipients of employees of the year and distinguished teaching awards.
The awards are presented annually to a member of each of the university’s employee groups: faculty, Steelworkers union (food service, physical plant and clerical workers) and administrative/professional staff.
The award for Duesing, an assistant professor in the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, was announced during commencement ceremonies today on campus. The honors for Danielkiewicz, secretary for the School of Business, Economics and Legal Assistant Studies, and Ferguson, director of Advising and Retention, were announced during the annual LSSU Retirement and Service Awards program earlier in the semester.
The Distinguished Teaching Award has been presented to LSSU faculty since 1971. Students, faculty and staff submit nominations that are considered by a committee of students at the top of their classes and past recipients of the award. Bruce Harger Ph.D., LSSU vice president of academic affairs and provost, quoted from an essay and nomination for Duesing written by an education student.
“As a senior, I have had the pleasure of continuing to be taught by this professor, although I’m not sure if the word ‘taught’ captures the essence of my experience. I felt that I was being mentored. It was as if I was in a room with my colleagues and we were being guided by excellence; epitomized by the values and attributes of the professor…Henry Adams tells us that ‘A teacher affects eternity’ and I for one can assure you that Prof. Duesing has affected eternity through my life and the lives that I will touch as a teacher.”
Duesing has taught math at LSSU since 1984, when she was hired as an adjunct professor. She became a full time instructor in 1993 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1998.
She has helped develop course modules for pre-algebra and introductory algebra courses at LSSU and has assisted with the teacher education program as a mathematics liaison at Brimley Elementary School. She has served on several university committees, including the developmental education committee, in which she was chair, and the advising committee. She was also vice president of the LSSU Faculty Association.
Duesing received an associate’s degree from North Central Michigan College and a bachelor’s degree in education, with a mathematics major, from Central Michigan University. In 1998, she earned a master’s degree in mathematics education at Northern Michigan University, where she was also selected as the outstanding graduating graduate student in NMU’s Dept. of Mathematics and Science Education.
She has long been interested in mathematics education and has taught at the middle school and high school level before coming to teach at LSSU. Outside of teaching, she enjoys quilting, sewing, skiing and hiking. She and her husband Paul, an engineering professor at LSSU and also a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, have three children, Alice, Sarah and Peter.