Robertson named outstanding teacher

Robertson named outstanding teacher A professor of communication studies at The University of South Dakota received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Central States Communication Association.

Terry Robertson is an assistant professor in his second academic year at the university.�He teaches political communication, rhetorical studies, and gender communication.

The Central States Communication Association is the regional association for the communication studies discipline including South Dakota and 12 other states.�Robertson received his award during the CSCA annual convention in Cleveland, Ohio, April 1-4.

"The students at USD make teaching wonderful.�They have been everything that I had hoped for when I came to campus," said Robertson.�"The Department of Communication Studies has also been a great place and supports my attempts to try unique ideas in the classroom.�Most of all however, I always attempt to remember that teaching is not about me, or my student evaluations, or my research, but about the students.�If they are not learning, I am superfluous."

The annual award received by Robertson recognizes faculty who are in the first five years of full-time teaching and is based on nominations.�

Nominees are judged on criteria including clearly stated instructional objectives and methods, demonstrated mastery of subject matter, results in student achievement and satisfaction, academic publications on pedagogical issues, and use of evaluation to improve existing courses and create new courses.

"The University of South Dakota, and the Department of Communication Studies, is fortunate to have the services of Dr. Terry Robertson," said department chair Michael Turchen.�"He represents the best role model of quality teaching, research, and service to our students and faculty.�He enjoys the respect and admiration of all those who have the good fortune to work with him."

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