Northwestern graduates sweep outstanding teacher awards

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Northwestern graduates sweep outstanding teacher awards

 Jesse Schroeder
Jesse Schroeder accepts the Outstanding Young College Teacher for 2010 Award from Dana Ayers, Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association (OSTCA) president, during the 2010 OSTCA banquet Sept. 11 at Rogers State University in Claremore.

September 15, 2010 

Two instructors with ties to Northwestern Oklahoma State University brought home outstanding teaching awards from this year’s Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association (OSTCA) which took place Sept. 11 at Rogers State University in Claremore.

Jesse Schroeder, instructor of mass communication and adviser to NWTV7, was awarded Outstanding Young College Teacher for 2010. Nicholas Bradt, a 2005 Northwestern alumnus who teaches speech, theatre and debate at Alva High School, won Outstanding Young High School Teacher of the Year for 2010.

Each award was created in 1987 and is limited to instructors who have taught for no more than seven years.

Tammy Brown, Communication Department chair, said Schroeder definitely earned the award.

“There are a multitude of reasons why Mr. Schroeder deserves this award,” Brown said. “He is one of our most dedicated instructors who is willing to do what it takes to facilitate his students’ learning. He guides his students as they gain knowledge and skills in mass communication.”
Brown said Schroeder finds unique ways to educate his students while keeping them and himself engaged in current issues, technology and the fast-paced world of communication.

“He creates authentic assignments and activities that challenge students and help prepare them for success in the professional media industry. Mr. Schroeder expects his students to succeed in and out of the classroom, and he is willing to go the extra mile to help them accomplish their goals,” Brown said. “His ability to serve the students as adviser for NWTV has been recognized with awards at the state and regional levels. It is exciting that his teaching efforts are being recognized at the state level, too.”

Schroeder said he tries to keep students interested in the field of mass communication as well as in their classroom studies.

"As an educator I reinvent the way I do things all the time,” Schroeder said. “The communication industry changes very rapidly. It is important to stay current and teach the students in a manner where they not only understand the information but enjoy the learning process as well."

During the OSTCA Convention in Claremore, Schroeder attended workshops focusing on convergence and how technology has changed the communication industry.

“The workshops gave me some new ideas on what I can do to better prepare my students to enter today's communication industry,” Schroeder said.

Schroeder graduated from Northwestern in 2003 with a degree in mass communications and recently has been selected to guide the university through the upcoming accreditation process as steering committee chair. He also will serve as coordinator for Northwestern's self-study, which will evaluate how well Northwestern is meeting the needs of those it serves.

In addition to his committee work and research, Schroeder also serves as the director of the Miss Cinderella Pageant and is on the General Education Committee.

Bradt graduated from Northwestern in 2005 with a degree in speech and theatre. He is a former student of Kimberly Weast, associate professor of theatre at Northwestern.

“I’m extremely proud to say he’s one of our alumni,” Weast said. “I think it’s an honor for Nick to receive this. His award recognizes the quality of work that he does with his students in forensics competition.”

Bradt has been teaching at Alva High School for five years. During those five years, his competitive speech team has placed on the state level, bringing home 10 regional plaques and 11 state trophies. Included in those awards is the 2008 State Championship in 4A Tech for the competitive one-act play “Frankenstein.”

Bradt also has coached 15 all-state champions in individual events and has taken a student to the National Forensic Competition since he has been at Alva High School.

He has served as the Northwest Regional Speech and Debate Tournament director of class 3A and 4A for four years. The event takes place annually on the Northwestern campus in Alva.