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The CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize regular (Maroon Award) and fixed-term (Gold Award) CHSBS faculty members who go above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. The recipients are​ selected by the CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Committee, which is composed of the committee chair Dr. Marcy Taylor, Interim Associate Dean, and a representative from each department within the college.

Our recipients are experts in their fields, effective and creative in promoting student learning, inspire students to high achievement and receive high praise from them in return, and are admired advisors and mentors​ to future educators.​

2018 Awards

Maroon Award
Amy Carpenter Ford
Department of English Language and Literature

Gold Award
Andrew Dietzel
Department of History

Gold Award
Seth Whiting
Department of Psychology

Amy Carpenter Ford

Image of Amy Carpenter Ford

Image of Amy Carpenter Ford with her students.

The Maroon CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a ​regular CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

The committee selected Amy Carpenter Ford (ENG) as this year’s winner because she is an expert in her field, she is effective and creative in promoting student learning, she inspires students to high achievement and receives high praise from them in return, and she is an admired advisor and mentor to future educators. 

Her impact is perhaps best summed up by the words of the students and colleagues who nominated her.

One of her students wrote: If I learned one thing from Dr. Ford's class, it is that I want to be her as a future educator. She models the kind of teaching that she hopes we will do in our own classrooms. I was especially impressed with her ability to build a sense of community in a class that only meets once a week."

Another student wrote: "For each of her students, she puts in an extraordinary amount of effort, passion, and support to allow them to become the teacher or professional that she knows they are capable of being."

Another student wrote: "I have never encountered a person so truly engaged--engaged with her students, her colleagues, and in the pursuit of improving the institution of education."

Another student wrote: "Dr. Ford is one of the most knowledgeable, supportive, encouraging professors I have had the pleasure of having at CMU."

Another student wrote: "I have truly never had a professor more deserving of this award than Dr. Ford."

One of her colleagues wrote: "Amy is a consummate, dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced teacher whose teaching within the English Department more than deserves recognition. Initiative, vision, depth and practicality inform all of her teaching efforts. Indeed, her eyes are never far from what she clearly sees as the prize: enhanced and deepened student learning."

Department chair Melinda Kreth wrote: "Dr. Ford's support for students and their success is evidenced by the proactive outreach and care with which she advises students."



Andrew Dietzel

Image of Andrew Dietzel

Image of Andrew Dietzel with his students.

The Gold CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a ​fixed-term CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

The committee selected Andrew Dietzel as this year’s winner because he is an expert in his field, he is effective and creative in promoting student learning, he inspires students to high achievement and receives high praise from them in return, and he is an admired advisor and mentor to future educators.

His impact is perhaps best summed up by the words of those who nominated him.

One of his students wrote: "I would like to nominate Professor Andrew Dietzel for the Excellence in Teaching Award for his outstanding ability to engage students.   . . .  Professor Dietzel is an instructor who is truly passionate about Native American culture and about passing on that knowledge to his students through engaging dialogues and lessons. He not only cares about his students through his students' academic performances, but cares about them as individuals, and encourages them to succeed in every facet of life."

Department chair Gregory Smith wrote: " . . . based on observing Dr. Dietzel in the classroom, I was immediately impressed with the obvious extent to which he had established a strong rapport with the class."


Seth Whiting

Image of Seth Whiting

Image of Seth Whiting with students.

The Gold CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a ​fixed-term CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

The committee selected Seth Whiting as this year’s winner because he is an expert in his field, he is effective and creative in promoting student learning, he inspires students to high achievement and receives high praise from them in return, and he is an admired advisor and mentor to future educators.

His impact is perhaps best summed up by the words of those who nominated him.

One of his students wrote: " . . . Dr. Whiting has been one of the best highlights in my college career . . .  he is committed to his students' success."

"Dr. Whiting is an exceptional nominee for this award as he continuously shows his passion for teaching, concern for his students, and love for the field of psychology."


2017 Awards

Maroon Award
Leila Ennaili
Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Gold Award
Joseph Anderson
Department of Philosophy and Religion


Dean Pamela Gates presents the Maroon CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award to Leila Ennaili.

Leila Ennaili

The Maroon CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a ​regular CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

The committee selected Leila Ennaili as this year’s winner because she is an expert in her field, she is effective and creative in promoting student learning, she inspires students to high achievement and receives high praise from them in return, and she is an admired advisor and mentor to future educators. 

Her impact is perhaps best summed up by the words of the students who nominated her:

"(Professor) Ennaili understands the power of the classroom and the university, (and) she also uses her courses to inspire higher scholarly achievements and continuation of classroom learning outside of the course.”

“Due to her devotion to students and the academic culture at CMU, Dr Ennaili would be an excellent recipient for the CHSBS Teaching Maroon Award.  Dr. Ennaili represents the qualities of devotion, hard work, and intellect.  She would serve as a fantastic role model of the college with this honor.”


Dean Pamela Gates presents the Gold CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award to Joseph Anderson.

Joseph Anderson

The Gold CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a ​fixed-term CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

The committee selected Joseph Anderson as this year’s winner because he is an expert in his field, he is effective and creative in promoting student learning, he inspires students to high achievement and receives high praise from them in return, and he is an admired advisor and mentor to future educators.

His impact is perhaps best summed up by one of the students who nominated him:

“I have so many amazing professors here at CMU. But if quality counted on the passion and effort put into teaching, very few rival Dr. Anderson. Whenever I talk to him, I learn something new, all while feeling comfortable and encouraged. He is a remarkable asset to this department and this campus, and I cannot recommend him enough for the Excellence in Teaching Award. “

And by the words of his colleague Robert Noggle, the Philosophy Area Coordinator: 

“In short, Joe Anderson embodies all of the virtues of a professor. He is an impressive scholar whose work has already earned him the respect of senior scholars in his area. He is an able, diligent, and successful teacher.  Moreover, he is the kind of teacher we prize here at CHSBS: one who is focused on student learning, one who brings his own enthusiasm for his subject to his students, and one who challenges them to push beyond what they may have thought they could do.”


2016 Awards

Maroon Award
Timothy Hartshorne, Psychology
David Kinney, Sociology​

Gold Award
Andrea Devenney, English



Timothy Hartshorne

Timothy Hartshorne

The Maroon CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a ​regular CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

His impact is perhaps best summed up with these words by a student who nominated him:

 “He was one of the most genuine professors I had in my years at Central Michigan University.  CMU is lucky to have him as a professor in the Psychology Department.”

And these words by the Psychology Department Chairperson:

“I highly recommend Dr. Tim Hartshorne for the CHSBS Maroon Excellence in Teaching Award.  I frequently receive positive comments from undergraduate and graduate students regarding Dr. Hartshorne’s teaching, mentoring, and support in the classroom, laboratory, and post-graduation.”

And these words by a former student who wrote:

“I have heard time and time again from students how truly invested they feel Dr. Hartshorne is in them, their lives, and their success in the classroom and beyond.  I could not think of a more deserving person of this award.”

David Kinney

David Kinney

The Maroon CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a ​regular CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

His impact is perhaps best summed up with these words by former students:

“In my four years at Central Michigan University, I had a number of excellent professors, but Dr. Kinney surpassed them all.”

“David is an engaging professor who consistently demonstrates in the classroom that he is dedicated to sociology and to his students. I know that I am not unique and that many of David’s former students have been positively impacted by his teaching and guidance.  In addition, I know that David had been involved in the Mt. Pleasant community as well and had impacted countless young people through his outreach and mentoring.”

“I hope you agree that this is a candidate well-deserving of institutional recognition for his “Excellence in Teaching.” He is an inspirational teaching model in the department, who should be awarded this important honor.”


Andrea Devenney

Andrea Devenney

The Gold CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a ​fixed-term CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

Her impact is perhaps best summed up with these words by a colleague who nominated her:

 “One of Andrea’s strengths is building relationships with students.  She is able to build authentic relationships with students because she has a warm and dynamic personality that students find genuine and accessible.”

And these words by the English Department Chairperson:

“I am impressed by the way she is able to motivate and work with the most competent and the most difficult student.  I cannot speak highly enough of her work ethic and commitment to education.”

And these words by a former student who wrote:

“She continually would go above and beyond for her students and try to do everything in her power to see them succeed to the best of their ability.”


2015 Awards

​Maroon Award
Nancy Herman-Kinney, SASW


Nancy Herman-Kinney and Dean Pamela S. Gates


Gold Award
Amanda Garrison, SASW

Amanda Garrison and Dean Pamela S. Gates


Past Maroon Awards

2012
John Robertson

2013
Jonathan Truitt

2014
Cathy Willermet


Past Gold Awards​

2012
Todd Tremlin

2013
Ted Troxell

2014
Matthew Ka​tz


Past Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

2005 - First Award​
Susan Steffel

2006
William reader

2007
Elizabeth Brockman

2008
Jeffrey Weinstock

2009
Joyce Baugh

2010
Dan Pugh