Rio faculty honored for Excellence in Education

January 30, 2015

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Four University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Professors have been honored for their Excellence in Education by Ohio Magazine.

The monthly publication annually recognizes outstanding teachers from colleges and universities throughout the state. The December issue honored 103 professors from 30 institutions. Among the honorees were Rio Grande’s Radiologic Technology Program Director Tracey Boggs, M.Ed., RT, Assistant Nursing Professor Bethany McFann, MSN, RN, Associate Chemistry Professor Jacob White, Ph.D., and Emerson E. Evans School of Business Faculty Chair Jason Winters, MBA.

“It was simply an honor to be nominated by our Rio Grande administration. To be selected by Ohio Magazine was quite a pleasant surprise,” said Winters, faculty chair for the Emerson E. Evans School of Business. “More importantly, to be selected with three of my fellow Rio colleagues, says a lot about the faculty at Rio Grande and their commitment to changing the lives of students.”

Rio was one of only 18 institutions to feature four professors on the 2014 list.

“Being recognized among Rio faculty who are known for their excellence in teaching is humbling. Rio has a history of outstanding and devoted professors,” Boggs said. “I was flattered to be nominated and excited to be selected.”

Schools were allowed to nominate up to five professors who not been nominated in the past five years. Criteria for consideration included the individual’s teaching excellence, participation in professional development activities, interest in students outside the classroom/laboratory, and whether they exhibited distinction as a member of the academic community.

“Rio is a teaching-centered institution, and these four professors are being duly recognized for their dedication to students and their proficiencies and exemplary pedagogies in conveying not only content matter to their students but also a shared passion for learning and for making a difference in the world in their future, chosen professions,” Rio Grande Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Sax, Ph.D., said. “I am pleased and honored to serve as their provost, and current and future generations of Rio students will benefit from the degree and quality of their commitment as professors.”

Founded in 1876 and nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, the University of Rio Grande serves as an oasis of learning, innovation and technology. The 190-acre residential campus strikes a balance of liberal arts and experiential learning to prepare students for successful lives as responsible citizens in a culturally diverse, global community. An epicenter of cultural enrichment, Rio offers students a nurturing environment focused on the needs of the individual with a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 and a plethora of extracurricular activities ranging from Student Senate to Greek life, and intercollegiate athletics.