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August 17, 2006

Natural Science instructor receives Stirnaman Award


Pam Smith, Natural Science Department instructor, became the fifth recipient of the Paul Stirnaman Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence during Cowley College’s All-College Convocation held Wednesday in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Smith was a student of Stirnaman’s and enjoyed the high standards and classroom environment he established, which encouraged student’s to succeed.

“I really appreciated Paul and modeled some of my teaching strategies off of some of the things I learned from him,” Smith said. “So, this is a really meaningful award for me and I hope Paul would be proud I received this.”

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.

As an instructor in the natural science department, Smith is responsible for teaching chemistry courses and maintaining the chemical store room.

She has an associate of arts degree from Cowley College and a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Wichita State University. She has completed four years of doctoral studies in the Doctoral Fellowship Chemistry Department in Protein Chemistry from Wichita State University.

She was named the American Chemical Society Outstanding Undergraduate Chemist in 1991, and was listed in the Who's Who Among American College Instructors in 1998.

Her dedicated work has led her to receive the NISOD Master Teacher Award in 1999, and Cowley’s Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning Award in 2004.

She is a member of the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium, American Chemical Society, Cowley College Education Association, KNEA, and NEA. She has four children and one grandchild.