A chemistry instructor at North Hennepin Community College has been named the 2008 U.S. Community College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Eugenia Paulus was presented with the award during a ceremony Thursday in Washington.
Paulus, who has taught at the Brooklyn Park campus for the past eight years, is the first professor from Minnesota to win the national award recognizing professors for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and for dedication to their fields and profession.
Martin Grindeland, professor of mass communication at Minnesota State University Moorhead, was named as the State Professor of the Year.
Paulus was selected from a pool of 300 nominees for her development of a Web-based industry skills course and helping to raise $65,000 needed for the equipment to teach it.
"Dr. Paulus is an exceptional instructor who has helped transform our science students into student scientists who learn by doing," said North Hennepin's President Ann Wyia.
North Hennepin has about 15,000 students.