Read Receives National Honors as Top OK Professor
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
and the council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Dr.
Sue Ellen Read of Northeastern State University the 2001 Professor of
the Year in an awards ceremony last night held in Washington D.C. Dr.
Reed was selected from among five nominees in Oklahoma.
The U.S. Professors of the Year salutes the most outstanding
undergraduate instructors in the country those who excel as teachers
and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized
as one of the most prestigious awards honoring professors.
Im thrilled to be recognized by the Carnegie
Foundation because I love my work, however, I do realize that it is an
award of time and place, said Dr. Read. Being at a place like
NSU at a time when Dr. Larry Williams is President made this honor possible.
I believe that regional universities are the heart and soul of Oklahomas
Higher Education System. Dr. Williams is the kind of leader who unleashes
the possibilities for exploration that these unique settings can allow.
I will say, unequivocally, that without his leadership, all that I have
been able to do in the last four years would not have occurred.
Prior to joining the Northeastern State University faculty
in 1988, Dr. Read worked as a school teacher and administrator. During
her tenure at NSU, Professor Read has taught both graduate and undergraduate
education students and has chaired the Masters of Teaching program.
Since 1997 when Dr. Read founded the Oklahoma Institute
for Learning Styles (OIL), she has created the Native Scholars Program
and the RESULTS Project and generated in excess of $2.5 million in funding
for these three entities.
Dr. Reads preferred area of research is the learning
styles of Native Americans. She has authored chapters for three books
and her work has been the subject of several other scholarly articles
and news stories. Dr. Read presents approximately 40 in-service presentations
and keynote addresses each year.
In 1996, she was named NSUs Professor of the Year
for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Read holds a B.A. in Speech from Northeastern
State University; an M.A. in Counseling from Central State University;
and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Read is a fantastic teacher and well deserving
of this award, said Dr. Larry Williams, NSU President. I believe
that all students and colleagues of Dr. Read would echo the sentiment
that she is a talented and dedicated instructor who has a great gift to
inspire, enthuse and lead.
This is the second year in a row that a faculty member
from Northeastern State University was chosen Professor of the Year,
continued Williams. Last year, Dr. Jacqueline Wilcox, associate
professor of English, won top honors. Their accomplishments are indicative
of all our faculty members at Northeastern State University, helping us
supply the highest quality educations in the state of Oklahoma.