Redefining the Classroom

CJ professor Herb Henderson receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Posted: May 4th, 2014

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Herb Henderson, a professor who has dedicated his life to law enforcement first as a police officer and now as a member of Lake Superior State University’s criminal justice faculty, has received the LSSU Distinguished Teaching Award.

The award was announced during the LSSU graduation ceremony today in Taffy Abel Arena, when nearly 600 students received degrees.

“This year’s recipient has been recognized by students as someone who is not just here to teach, but to change lives,” said LSSU Provost Morrie Walworth in presenting the award recipient, who is kept secret until the announcement at graduation. “He truly wants students to embrace the concept of lifelong learning and has been praised by students for his dedication and conviction. He pushes and encourages students to do their best in lectures and in laboratory settings.”

Students who nominated Henderson called him “a true leader” who is always available to help out. They said he is an inspiration to his students, colleagues, and the community, setting the standard for excellence, demonstrating professional integrity, dedication to law enforcement, community and family.

Prof. Henderson (left) receives congratulations from Provost Morrie Walworth

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Henderson was hired as a criminal justice instructor at LSSU in 2008 while serving as a sergeant with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department. He was recently promoted to associate professor. He teaches courses in law enforcement, homeland security, public safety and criminal investigation, and has served as the proctor for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Training Council with the LSSU Institute for Public Safety, as well as the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards proctor and lead instructor at LSSU. He has been the MCOLES academy director since 2011.

In addition to teaching, he is a member of the LSSU General Education Committee and the Student Leadership Scholarship Committee. In the community, he has been a member of his local school board and township board member and served 13 years on the board of the Northern International Crime Stoppers. He is a youth hockey coach as well as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Relay-for-Life.

This most recent honor isn’t the first time Henderson has been singled out for his work. He was nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award several times and he received the LSSU Excellence in Academic Advising Award in 2012.

“Prof. Henderson demonstrates a passion for teaching and has established a reputation as an outstanding educator who epitomizes the hallmarks of the LSSU experience through a genuine concern and dedication to the education and well-being of each and every student,” said Walworth. “He is a leader among professionals in the criminal justice field, as well as in the faculty of LSSU. His dedication to maintaining the high quality of the MCOLES program ensures a strong hire rate and a solid reputation for LSSU graduates.”

Henderson received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from LSSU in 1994. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University, and is finishing up a doctorate from Northcentral University, Prescott, Ariz.

He and his wife, Alyce, have four children.


CONTACTS: Tom Pink, e-mail, 906-635-2315; John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314.