Three Faculty Members Earn Apple Awards

The Clarkson College Faculty Senate presents the Excellence in Teaching Faculty Awards each fall and spring semester to faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to the institution and its students. At the Faculty Senate Meeting held in May, three faculty members earned the award.

Sue Leutzinger, Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Nursing

Sue Leutzinger, MSN, RN became a member of the Clarkson College community in 2004 when she became an instructor in the Undergraduate Nursing program. Along with her teaching duties, she works with student members as part of the Sigma Theta Tau national nursing honors society.

“I am very excited and happy to receive this award. I have been a nurse for many, many years and truly enjoy educating student nurses. It is rewarding to be recognized and appreciated by my students. They may be taking care of me one day, and I want to ensure they are safe and knowledgeable.”

Dr. Adrienne Rochleau, Program Administrator of Nurse Anesthesia

Dr. Adrienne Rochleau came to Clarkson College in 2014 as the Nurse Anesthesia Program Coordinator and was appointed the Program Administrator in 2021. She maintains active clinical practice hours as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine and Montgomery City Memorial Hospital.  

“Receiving the Teaching in Excellence Apple Award is an incredible honor. Thank you to all of you who nominated me, and to the Faculty Senate for providing this great opportunity. I would not be where I am without our great students in our Nurse Anesthesia program, our wonderful faculty and program administration, and the support of Clarkson College. I am humbled to have received this award.”

Nicole Shives, Associate Professor of General Education

Nicole Shives, M.S. has been a faculty member in the General Education department at Clarkson College since 2016. She currently teaches lecture and lab courses in anatomy and physiology and has also received the Employee Scholar Award and the Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award during her time at the College.

“I am honored to be selected for the Excellence in Teaching Award out of the many talented and committed Clarkson College faculty. It is so rewarding to help our students pursue their academic and professional goals.” 

Students and faculty members may nominate individuals for the award who exemplify the Clarkson College Values of Caring, Excellence, Integrity, Commitment and Learning and demonstrate a desire to continue the Mission of the College. Recipients must exhibit the ability to:

  • Encourage contact between students and faculty
  • Develop collaboration and cooperation among students
  • Encourage active learning
  • Provide prompt feedback
  • Communicate high expectations and serve as a role model
  • Emphasize timeliness for academic and professional success
  • Respect diverse talents and learning styles