Galardi Named 2010 Teacher Excellence Award Winner at Peru State College
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Dan Hanson today announced that Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Greg Galardi has been named the college’s 2010 Teacher Excellence Award Winner. He will be honored during PSC’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center on campus.
The Teacher Excellence Award is given annually to one outstanding full-time faculty member at each of the three state colleges, Peru, Wayne and Chadron. Recipients of the campus award from each of the colleges are finalists for the Nebraska State College System’s George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award.
To be considered for the Teacher Excellence Award, faculty must have a minimum of four years consecutive employment at the institution, have taught a minimum of 15 credit hours during the previous academic year, and have an active and positive record of service to students as an academic, professional or personal advisor. They must also have demonstrated involvement in faculty development programs, a superior level of teaching effectiveness and a record of public service.
President Hanson said, “Since joining the Peru State College faculty in 2004, Greg has made a profound impression on our students. He stood out very quickly as a leader because of his hard work ethic, outstanding teaching methods and can-do attitude, making him the perfect selection for this award. We are excited to see what the future holds for this outstanding educator.”
Galardi said, “It is an honor to be recognized for this award. I would like to thank Dr. Jim Nevitt for nominating me as well as being a great friend and mentor, and Dr. Todd Drew and Mr. Bruce Batterson for their guidance and wisdom during the past six years. I especially would like to thank our students for their willingness to make every day in class an enjoyable experience, and their postgraduate success stories. It is a testament to the college as a whole. ”
In addition to teaching a variety of criminal justice and graduate management research courses at PSC, Galardi serves as director of Pre-collegiate Programs and Community Outreach, assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator, and advisor for the PSC Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice Club. He previously served as director of Graduate Studies and assistant women’s basketball coach.
A former Marine and retired Papillion (Neb.) police lieutenant, Galardi earned numerous commendations and awards during his law enforcement career. He was named Employee of the Year in 1998 by the City of Papillion, Officer of the Year in 1994 by the City of Papillion Police Department and Employee of the Year for the City of LaVista in 1988.
Galardi is a member of the Nebraska Chapter of International Association for Identification, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Lambda Alpha Epsilon- American Criminal justice Association, American Evaluation Association and U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He is an associate editor for the Lambda Alpha Epsilon’s Journal of the American Criminal Justice Association, a peer reviewer for USASBE, and former chairperson and editor of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching Criminal Justice Advisory Board. Galardi has also served as a peer reviewer for a wide variety of academic publications and made a variety of presentations on academic success, online instruction and criminal justice issues across the country.
In addition to his professional commitments, Galardi has been very involved in community activities. He volunteered with the Special Olympics and has served as a youth basketball coach for more than 20 years for the Catholic Youth Organization, LaVista Youth Recreation League, Auburn City Recreation League, YMCA, Wahoo Recreation League and Wahoops, as well as other youth basketball programs. Galardi was recognized by the Governor of Nebraska in both 1998 and 1999 for his role in the Special Olympics Torch Run and the Cop on Top fundraising program.
Galardi earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue College, a master’s degree in human resource administration from Central Michigan University, a master’s degree in business administration with a focus in justice administration from Northcentral University, and a doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University.