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Dr. Doug Christensen Receives State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award

Published Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Dr. Doug Christensen, professor of biology, was presented the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at the spring 2010 baccalaureate commencement ceremony.

Dr. Doug Christensen, professor of biology, was presented the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at the spring 2010 baccalaureate commencement ceremony. This prestigious honor is awarded on the basis of rigorous standards that require a superior level of effective teaching.

President Richard Collings and Phyllis Conner, vice president for development and executive director of the Wayne State Foundation, presented the award. David Ley, the bank's chief executive officer, established the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award in 1998 as a way of recognizing and strengthening outstanding teaching at Wayne State. Ley and the State National Bank of Wayne support the college in many ways, including scholarships and as a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation Board of Trustees.

Christensen began his career at Wayne State in 1998 after earning his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in Food Science and Technology and his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Christensen's nomination materials for the award note his contributions to the Wayne State Life Science Department, such as challenging students to increase their critical thinking abilities and being instrumental in bringing undergraduate research opportunities to the college through a joint research program with the University of Nebraska Medical Center.