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Hutchison Named 2011 Teacher Excellence
Award Winner at Peru State College


Christy Hutchison

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) Associate Professor of Business Dr. Christy Hutchison has been named the college’s 2011 Teacher Excellence Award Winner.


Hutchison will be honored during PSC’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.


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 a faculty member must have a minimum of four years consecutive employment at the college, 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. Candidates must also have demonstrated involvement in faculty development programs, a superior level of teaching effectiveness and a record of public service.


Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Todd Drew said, “Christy Hutchison enjoys exceptionally strong relationships with her students, characterized by her genuine interest in their success. She also has a campus-wide reputation for active leadership in her discipline and for her important work in essential initiatives like the accreditation self-study process. Her work ethic, innovative teaching methods and many outstanding contributions have made Dr. Hutchison an ideal selection for Peru State College’s 2011 Teacher Excellence Award.” 


A Florida native, Hutchison previously served as legal counsel to the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation before starting a private law practice in Tampa. She entered the field of education in 1990, serving as general counsel to Pasco-Hernando Community College and designing and launching the school’s first paralegal program. Hutchison moved to Nebraska in 2000 to serve as College of Saint Mary’s vice president for college relations and general counsel.


Hutchison is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Education Law Association, and is a past member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She currently serves as national president of the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management.


In addition to her teaching commitments, Hutchison is an active researcher. She devotes her research efforts to legal issues in education, including academic freedom, constitutional rights for students and teachers, affirmative action in school admissions, and negotiation strategy and skill. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and she has presented it at a numerous state and national conferences.


Hutchison earned a Bachelor’s degree in business management at the University of Tampa and a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. She completed the Harvard Institute for Educational Management in 2003.