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Husmann wins Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dr. John Husmann was awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence on Saturday during Dakota Wesleyan University’s Commencement services.

Husmann, associate professor of history at DWU, joined the faculty in 2004.

“This year’s award recipient was described by students as a demanding and challenging instructor who exemplifies sincere interest in helping students understand the complexities of our world,” said DWU Provost Dr. Rocky VonEye. “Asking questions, connecting the text to current situations, challenging assumptions – each of these are hallmarks of this professor’s teaching.”

Husmann, who has served as the adviser to the campus club Oyate Ho Waste, was also described has a professor who has worked to help the campus community understand and appreciate the cultural diversity of the surrounding region.

“Since his arrival over 10 years ago, Dr. John Husmann’s leadership of the history program led to growth of the major, explicit inclusion of new requirements for history education teachers, and a commitment to helping every student appreciate how the past informs our future,” VonEye said.

Husmann serves as the chairman of the department of history at Dakota Wesleyan University, teaching United States history, South Dakota history, Native American history, American environmental history, British Empire history, and Asian and Latin American history. He has also served on general education and assessment committees at DWU and volunteered at Dakota Discovery Museum and served on its board of directors.

He graduated from Winona State University in 1996 with his Bachelor of Arts degree, and received his Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998 and 2004.



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