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Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching

BOONE – Six professors at Appalachian State University have been honored for their excellence in teaching.

William R. Baker, a professor of accounting, has received the Appalachian State University Excellence in Teaching Award, which includes a $1,500 cash prize.

Receiving Appalachian’s School/College Teaching Award are Dinesh Davé, a professor of information technology and operations management in the Walker College of Business; Ralph G. Hall, a professor of leadership and educational studies in the Reich College of Education; Alan J. Hauser, a professor of philosophy and religion in the College of Arts and Sciences; Leon Lewis, a professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Victor N. Mansure, a professor in the Hayes School of Music.

Each received a $1,000 award.

The awards were established by the UNC Board of Governors. Tenured faculty members who have taught at least seven years at Appalachian are eligible for the award. Recipients must have demonstrated excellent or exceptional teaching ability over a sustained period of time.

Baker has been a member of the faculty at Appalachian since 1991. He holds a Ph.D. in business with an accounting major from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

He received the Walker College of Business Faculty Award for Teaching in 2002, and was nominated for the Student Government Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1992 and the R. Lee Brummet Award in 2001.

Baker has provided instruction for the Martha Guy Summer Institute, the Appalachian Leadership Forum, and for Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Management review courses.

Davé joined the Walker College of Business faculty in 1988. He received the university’s Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award in 1994 and the college’s Outstanding Research Award in 1996.

Davé teaches in the Department of Computer Information Systems. He teaches courses in production and operations management, systems analysis and design, and total quality management. He holds a Ph.D. from Gujarat University in India.

Hall began teaching at Appalachian in 1974 and served as chairman of the Department of Administration, Supervision and Higher Education, now known as the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, from 1978-85.

Hall teaches courses in public school law, law of higher education, leadership theory and sport law. He has been a member of the college’s International Studies Council, Teacher Education Council, Graduate Council and College of Education Evaluation Committee.

Hauser came to Appalachian in 1972. He holds a doctorate from the University of Iowa.

He received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2003 and was elected to the college’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2002. Hauser is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and is listed in Who’s Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology, Directory of American Scholars, International Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Religion in America.

Hauser was the project director for a humanities seminar series for high school teachers and the public on “The American Revolution and the Constitution” in 1986.

Lewis earned a Ph.D. in English from State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the faculty at Appalachian in 1972.

Lewis has taught courses in film, American literature, 20th century American literature, 20th century British literature, poetry and short story, among others.

He has participated in freshman orientation and the university’s convocation speaker committee. Lewis also participated in the N.C. Humanities Council Let’s Talk About It programs presented in libraries across the state from 1995-2005, and the APP Partnership program for 2004-05.

Lewis is the translator of Gilbert Michlin’s “Of No Interest to the Nation: A Jewish Family in France, 1925- 1945″ (Wayne State University Press, 2004). He edited “Robert M. Young: Essays on the Films” to be published by McFarland.

Mansure joined the music faculty at Appalachian in 1991. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Oregon.

Mansure coordinates the music history program in the Hayes School of Music and is in charge of music history curriculum development.

He has been a mentor in the Hubbard Center’s program for new faculty, has lectured to Appalachian’s Institute for Senior Scholars, and conducted sectional rehearsals for the N.C. Northwest Regional All-State Orchestra.

Mansure received the Hayes School of Music’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1998-99 and was nominated for the Student Government Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995. He also was recognized in 1993 at Appalachian’s Teaching Fellows Honors Dinner.