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Lifting up excellent teaching and student support

Published March 28, 2022

"We are a community who cares about each other as people," said President Beth Paul, Ph.D., at the 2022 Naz Teaching Excellence and Student Success Awards ceremony. “We really do things differently here.”

For individualized, holistic care, for guiding students' learning and their growth, and for bringing creative innovation to their work, Naz honored six faculty and staff on March 24, 2022. 

For Teaching Excellence:

  • Susan Sturm, assistant professor of education, School of Education (full-time faculty award): “It’s easier to be excellent when you are surrounded by it," she said. She said good teachers are avid learners and are never satisfied. Good teachers “understand students come to their classrooms with their own knowledge, experiences, and needs, and they know it’s their job to welcome, respond to, and make space for all learners.”
  • Bradley Batz, director of jazz studies, School of Music (part-time faculty award): He said he is proud to "continue the tradition that there's a place for everyone in jazz."

For Student Success: 

  • Kai Strange, School of Education (innovation award): It "brings me joy" to work with students who are the next generation of teachers, she said. She was honored for her masterful work supporting teacher candidates and alumni as director of Nazareth's Urban Teacher Opportunity Partnerships Program.
  • Cathy Leverone, director of the finance program, School of Business and Leadership (life's work champion award): She was recognized for her strong work helping students design their individual path to a life of meaning, as well as for her strong teaching; student advising; professionalism, patience, and relationship-building with students; and her leadership of the finance major and minor — "a student champion in all that she does."
  • Noel Wolfe, professor in the History, Politics, and Law Department (outstanding undergraduate academic advisor award): One student wrote about Wolfe, "She takes a genuine interest in the success of each and every one of us.”
  • Laura Barnard, Center for International Education (student support award): One international student said he'd never encountered anyone who invested such time and care as Barnard — and he plans to pay that forward by supporting others. Barnard said she's blessed to be part of a campus community "that values relationships."

Paul noted that Nazareth students bring a passion for helping a hurt world — and faculty and staff support them in pursuing changes.

“I feel very worried about our world right now, in a very personal way,” said Paul. “I do find great inspiration from what we do here. I thank you deeply for everything you do, for our students, our community, and our world.” 

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Julie Long | Chief PR Officer | jlong2@naz.edu | (585) 389-2456 | (585) 781-8186 (cell)

Nazareth College is an inclusive community of inspired learners, educators, and changemakers who for nearly 100 years have been driven by a bold commitment to action, empathy, equity, and leading innovation for the common good. Impact experiences are at the heart of a Nazareth education, preparing each student to discover within themselves the potential to cultivate positive change in their life's work, in any career field, and in a world that is constantly evolving and infinitely interconnected.

Our broad academic offerings present a range of study options typical of big universities, yet achieved in our supportive campus culture. Nearly 2,100 undergrad and 600 graduate students enroll in degree and certificate programs and engage in collaborative, transformative learning experiences, preparing them for the professions and society of today and tomorrow. In a learning community that purposefully integrates liberal arts and professional programs, Nazareth graduates launch lifetimes of changemaking leadership in communities and workplaces near and far.

Nazareth honored six faculty and staff at the Teaching Excellence and Student Success Awards ceremony on March 24. (L to R) Bradley Batz, Laura Barnard, Kai Strange, Susan Sturm, Noel Wolfe and Cathy Leverone.