Published Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Dr. Barbara Engebretsen, professor of Health, Human Performance and Sport, received the State Nebraska Bank & Trust Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Barbara Engebretsen, professor of Health, Human Performance and Sport, received the State Nebraska Bank & Trust Teaching Excellence Award. Matt Ley, chief executive officer of State Nebraska Bank in Wayne, presented the award at the spring undergraduate graduation ceremony.
David Ley, the bank’s chairman of the board, established the award in 1998 as a way of recognizing and strengthening outstanding teaching at Wayne State. David Ley and State Nebraska Bank of Wayne support the college in many ways, including scholarships and as a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation Board of Trustees.
This prestigious honor is awarded on the basis of rigorous standards that require a superior level of effective teaching. Engebretsen also was Wayne State's nominee for the Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award.
Engebretsen serves as a member of the Academic Policies, President's Council on Diversity, and Service-learning Advisory committees at WSC. She is a member of the American Physiological Society and the Nebraska chapter. She is a past president of the Nebraska Physiological Society.
She received the Rotary Humanitarian Global Grant in 2014 to fund water wells, sanitation, resource management, and peace and conflict resolution in South Sudan. Some of her work at WSC has involved facilitating student-community activities to promote bicycle culture in Wayne, WSC and the region.
Engebretsen was named the Wayne Rotarian of the Year in 2011 and 2014. She also received the Outstanding Student Presenter at the International Hypoxia Symposium in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in 2003.
She earned her Ph.D. in physiology in 2003 from Colorado State University, her M.Ed. in exercise physiology in 1984 from Colorado State University, and her B.A. in biology and physical education in 1977 from Unversity of California-Riverside. Her academic interests include anatomy and physiology, cardiac rehab, clinical exercise physiology, global health and leadership development. Her research interests include high altitude physiology, exercise and insulin resistance, health disparities and determinants of health.