A&F Newsletter

Winter 2012


Neal receives another teaching honor

Melinda NealAfter being named Cowley College’s Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence during the school’s Employee Meeting on Thursday, Natural Science Department instructor Melinda Neal added another honor to her collection as she was named the recipient of the Paul Stirnaman Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.

The award is named for Paul Stirnaman, a long-time Social Science Department instructor and strong supporter of the College Education Association. He died June 16, 2000, following a lengthy illness.

“The Paul Stirnaman award exemplifies the professional standards that all instructors strive for and I am very honored to be this year’s recipient,” Neal said.

Neal previously received an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in 2008 and was the recipient of the March, 2008 Horizon Award Faculty Advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Kansas Region. She also received the March, 2009 Paragon Award for the Phi Theta Kappa Kansas Region, and was the recipient of the March, 2008 and 2010 Honorable Mention Paragon Advisor Award for the Phi Theta Kappa Kansas Region.

While serving as the PTK co-advisor, the club has received numerous awards and achieved Five Star status several times.

Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, said Neal is very deserving of the Stirnaman award.

“She tirelessly works to help students and faculty. She is appreciated by all,” Griffiths said.

Winter 2012