Wilderman receives Teacher of the Year Award

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Wilderman receives Teacher of the Year Award

May 5, 2009

Melanie WildermanMelanie Wilderman, instructor of mass communication at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently received the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year award during the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation and Alumni Association Awards Ceremony.

In order to qualify for this award, a student must first nominate the teacher and then the Student Government Association reviews the nominations and determines the award winner.

“It makes me feel good that this award comes from a student nomination,” Wilderman said. “It makes me feel like the effort I put in to coaching my journalism students is something they recognize as valuable.”

Wilderman has been a professor in the mass communications program for four years. She also is the faculty adviser for the Northwestern News. After teaching at Northwestern for what she considers a short time, Wilderman said she was not expecting to receive this award.

“I was really surprised to receive this award; when I found out I won it really made my day, and the more I thought about it, it really made my year,” Wilderman said.

“I truly enjoy my time in the classroom and my time preparing students in the field of journalism,” Wilderman said. “That is the best part of my job, and I want to thank those who nominated me and the student government for its support.”