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Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan named 2013 Teacher Excellence Award winner


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Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State Associate Professor of Business Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan has been named the institution’s 2013 Teacher Excellence Award Winner. Grotrian-Ryan will be honored during the college’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “Dr. Grotrian-Ryan’s continued passion for the utilization of effective mentoring aligns with her desire to further the development of individuals in the classroom and ultimately see students realize their own success. She is admired by students, staff, and faculty for her dedication, positivity and generous spirit—all characteristics embodied by the Teaching Excellence Award.”

Grotrian-Ryan said, “Being selected as the Peru State Teaching Excellence Award winner among the many deserving candidates is gratifying and a wonderful honor. While I am extremely appreciative of the accolades, being recognized is not my purpose for teaching. Facilitating academic successes in the classroom, witnessing personal and professional growth of young adults, collaborating with outstanding community partners, and guiding multiple impressive achievements of Phi Beta Lambda members on a national level are more accurate representations of why I’m in this profession.”

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. To be considered, 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.

Recipients of the campus award from each of the colleges are finalists for the Nebraska State College System’s George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award.

Grotrian-Ryan joined the Peru State faculty in 2006. She currently instructs courses in the School of Professional Studies and Graduate Programs. In addition to teaching, Grotrian-Ryan serves as faculty advisor for Phi Beta Lambda, a business and leadership organization. Under her mentorship, Phi Beta Lambda students continue to excel in intercollegiate competitions at both the state and national levels, earning five national championships in the last two years. Grotrian-Ryan is a two-time honoree as Nebraska’s Phi Beta Lambda Advisor of the Year.

Grotrian-Ryan has led and assisted with several community engagement and service-learning efforts during her tenure at the college. One such notable project is the ongoing CHANCE (Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement) Initiative. She serves as co-director of this interdisciplinary, longitudinal endeavor and has been instrumental in introducing a social norms marketing campaign to area youth.

Outside of teaching, Grotrian-Ryan has served as managing editor for the Human Resource Development Review journal, a global publication devoted to theoretical insights advancing the understanding of human resource development. She has also assisted with the publication of the National Council of Instructional Administrators’ Exemplary Initiatives. Additionally, Grotrian-Ryan has spent extensive time as a peer reviewer for textbooks and journal manuscripts. Her experience has further been demonstrated by the multiple presentations and workshops given on a variety of topics across the nation.

Grotrian-Ryan earned a Bachelor’s degree from Peru State in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and management before continuing her education at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where she earned an MBA with a focus in strategic management. Most recently, Grotrian-Ryan completed a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. For her dissertation, Grotrian-Ryan researched the concept of mentoring and its application to leadership development; the study was conducted with the American Council on Education Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.