Apr 26th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm | Author:
The Valley City State University (VCSU) Student Senate has recognized Assistant Professor Don Hoff as Teacher of the Year for 2007. The award is given annually to a professor who shows dedication to the students of VCSU through innovative teaching methods and continued professional development both inside and outside of the classroom.

The award was presented to Hoff by Jeremy Hulderman, Teacher of the Year Committee Chair. In his comments, Hulderman said, "Mr. Hoff is one of those rare breed of people that have that little something special it takes to lead, and to help learn. He is dedicated, and committed to his university, the students of it, and the craft of teaching the field of science at Valley City State University. He embodies all the great characteristics of a teacher, but he goes even beyond that. One of his students wrote, even though we are deep within a subject area, he is able to lighten the mood, and that helps bring everyone back to focus."

Professors are nominated by members of the student body, and the winner is elected by the Student Senate. Hoff is on the faculty in the Division of Math, Science, and Health & Physical Education. He has been with VCSU for five years teaching courses in Chemistry, Earth Science/Geology, and Science Teaching Methods, and supervising science student teachers.

Prior to joining VCSU, Hoff spent over 20 years as a secondary science teacher in North Dakota and the Marshall Islands, and spent one year working for NASA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Dickinson State University, a Master of Science degree in Earth Science/Science Education from North Dakota State University, and has completed extensive postgraduate work.