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Daskal, Durik, Horn, Dimond earn undergrad teaching, instruction awards

April 13, 2015

apple-256261_640The late Andy Rooney once said that most of us end up with no more than a handful of people who remember us, but teachers have thousands of individuals who remember them for the rest of their lives.

This April and May, during Celebrating Excellence, NIU honors four professors who will undoubtedly leave a lasting memory with those students who have filled their classrooms.

Steven Daskal, Amanda Durik, James Horn and Timothy Dimond will be recognized for their efforts in providing students with an exceptional learning experience.

Daskal (Department of Philosophy), Durik (Department of Psychology) and Horn (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) are honored with the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for their contributions in and out of the classroom.

Dimond (Department of Accountancy) is awarded with the Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award.

“Seeing students respond to the lecture or topic – seeing that light bulb go on – that’s what I enjoy most,” Horn said. “Seeing students struggle, and then they begin understanding the topic, that’s a wonderful feeling.”

Initiated in 1966, the awards honor excellent undergraduate teaching at the university, encourage improvement of instruction and promote discussion among members of the university community on the subject of teaching.

Nominees must be full-time faculty whose major responsibility is teaching and must have worked at least five full academic years at NIU.

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