Marsh selected as 'Teacher of the Year'

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Professor Angela Marsh

Michael Ford
Editor-in-Chief

   The University of Arkansas – Monticello’s honor society Alpha Chi selected Angela Marsh, associate professor of Computer Information Systems, as “Teacher of the Year” for the 2004-2005 academic year.

   “It’s kind of that little pat on the back from the student’s saying job well done,” Marsh said.

   Marsh, a native of Warren, Ark., earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Henderson State University, and then taught elementary school for five years before earning two master’s degrees from Arkansas State University: one in education and the other in Information Technology.

   “I persuaded my father to foot the bill for a couple of years to get my master’s,” Marsh said.

   Marsh joined UAM in 1991 and received a promotion to associate professor with tenure in 1997. She teaches a variety of CIS courses, including the senior project capstone course.

   Associate professor of CIS Lori Selby said Marsh loves teaching and it shows everyday in the classroom. 

   "Throughout the years, she has continued to be very innovative, coming up with new ideas/ways to teach complex computing procedures," Selby said. "Students find themselves enjoying the class, working through the procedures, without getting stressed out about the methodology. She is a delightful colleague to work with and her love of teaching radiates to those around her.  I am extremely proud that she has received the well-deserved honor of 'Teacher of the Year.'"

Staff Person of the Year
Nancy Stephan
Staff Writer    

   Students, realizing that staff members and administrative personnel many times play an integral part in their future, wanted to establish some type of recognition for them. 

   According to Kate Stewart, professor of English and Alpha Chi adviser, the students not only select the Staff Person of the Year, but nominate and even do some campaigning for the person of their choice. 

   Mary Whiting of the Admissions office received the honor of Staff Person of the Year both this year and last. 

   “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with students,” Whiting said. “Actually, the highlight of my work is the student each day.  I have the privilege of working with students through admission, scholarship, special student services, international programming, special events and the Ambassadors.”

   In addition to Marsh’s teaching activities, she serves on the university committees, advises CIS majors and participates in all division activities. She also volunteers as a paper reviewer for the annual International Association of Computer Information Systems conference.  According to Selby, Marsh did a tremendous job with the information needed for the recent NCA accreditation reports for the CIS division and works yearly on the division Plan and Assessment Report.

   Associate professor of CIS James Roiger said Marsh deserved to receive this recognition of her “teaching acumen.”

   “She is an outstanding faculty member and has attained her peers’ continuing respect and confidence,” Roiger said. “She makes herself available to work with students one-on-one when students require assistance with their senior project or other course assignments. To say that she is a valuable asset for the school and the division is an understatement.”

   In 2004, Marsh took the time to complete a research project on employer expectations that resulted in a conference presentation and a publication in the Issues in Information Systems journal.    

   “Angela Marsh is an outstanding teacher,” said Terri Hopkins, CIS instructor. “Her door is always open to students and faculty alike.  She is tough, but fair, to all of her students. It’s good to know that our outstanding teachers are recognized by our outstanding students.”

   Marsh said she never regretted applying for her job at UAM.

   “One thing I’ve come to realize about teaching is it’s not about me teaching, but about the student learning,” she said. 

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