Lorrie Ryan Memorial Excellence Award Winner 2014

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At CMU since 1992, Dr. René Shingles has been an important team member of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions. As a Professor in the Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences​ program, she serves as the Director of the Athletic Training program.

One colleague noted: “Dr. Shingles is active in her professional organization and has received a number of awards and recognitions. She has certainly been a strong model for the students for active engagement in professional issues.”

In her teaching philosophy, Dr. Shingles addressed teaching practices related to building rapport with her students: "The best example of how I build rapport with students has to do with how I openly share stories about myself with my students. I tell them about my education, where and how I grew up, and about my professional experiences. Often, I have a story that relates to the topic we are discussing. Likewise, I invite students to share their stories and experiences with me and their classmates. I listen intently and thank them for sharing."