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Dr. Andy Alexander Receives State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award

Published Friday, May 27th, 2011

Dr. Andrew Alexander, Wayne State professor of British literature and philosophy, was presented with the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at the baccalaureate ceremony May 7, 2011.

Dr. Andrew Alexander, Wayne State professor of British literature and philosophy, was presented with the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at the college's baccalaureate ceremony May 7, 2011. This prestigious honor is awarded on the basis of rigorous standards that require a superior level of effective teaching. Alexander also was Wayne State's nominee for the Nebraska State College System George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award.

Alexander began his career at Wayne State in 1993 after serving as an assistant professor at Iowa State University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He earned his Ph.D. in English from University of Toronto, his master's in English from South Dakota State University and his bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In the nomination materials for the award, a former student praised Alexander for a teaching style that encouraged students to explore, challenge and defend their personal beliefs. Colleagues echoed the student's comments and added that Alexander has "a rare ability to convey and transmit his love of learning to students and an uncommon capacity to make students feel that their ideas and opinions are valuable and valid."

David Ley, State National Banks' chairman of the board and a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation, established the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award in 1998 as a way of recognizing and strengthening outstanding teaching at Wayne State. Ley and State National Bank of Wayne support the college through scholarships and other invaluable forms of assistance.