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Hutchison Honored with NE State College System's Teaching Excellence Award; Peru State Faculty Claim System-Wide Award for Third Straight Year


Christy Hutchison

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) Associate Professor of Business Dr. Christy Hutchison has been named the Nebraska State College System’s (NSCS) George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award winner for 2011, marking the third straight year that the award has gone to a member of the PSC faculty.


Hutchison joins 2010 honoree Dr. Greg Galardi, dean of the School of Professional Studies and professor of criminal justice, and 2009 honoree Dr. Michael Barger, associate professor of biology.


Dr. Greg Galari
Dr. Greg Galardi

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “Peru State College is a student-centered teaching institution. Our faculty have an exceptional commitment to developing engaging and relevant educational experiences. Students benefit best when we select faculty members to join the college who are the most motivated to share what they’ve learned in exciting ways and when we encourage their natural creativity and disposition toward innovation. We are proud to have our faculty recognized to be among the best in their fields and look forward to seeing even more of their great work in the years to come.”


Dr. Michael Barger
Dr. Michael Barger

A campus Teacher Excellence Award is given annually to one outstanding full-time faculty member at each of the three state colleges, Chadron State, Peru State and Wayne State. Recipients of the campus award from the three colleges are finalists for the NSCS 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.


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 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.