Apr 24th, 2008 @ 9:56 am | Author:
The VCSU Student Senate named Dr. Joe Stickler "Teacher of the Year." 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 Stickler by VCSU Junior Billy Anderson, Teacher of the Year Committee co-chair. In his comments, Anderson said, "Dr. Stickler has not only shown tremendous knowledge in his content area but has shown a special ability to teach his students with great enthusiasm and passion. He goes above and beyond his job title assisting students outside the class, particularly with lab work. His community work with the Medicine Wheel Park is well known throughout the university and community. Dr. Stickler has been a consistent standard of success with numerous students going on to graduate school. He has shown his reliability and stability by winning this award several times in the past. On behalf of the VCSU Student Senate, we are happy to honor and recognize Dr. Stickler with the Teacher of the Year award."

Professors are nominated by members of the student body, and the winner is elected by the Student Senate.

Dr. Stickler is a professor in the Division of Mathematics, Science, and Health & Physical Education. He has been with VCSU for 27 years teaching courses in Chemistry and Astronomy, and has been chair of the division since 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. In addition to high quality instruction in the classroom, Stickler is well known for his work envisioning, building, and enhancing the Medicine Wheel Park in Valley City, a unique 30-acre park that includes a 213 foot replica of a Native American medicine wheel, Native American burial mounds, a scale model of the solar system (1 foot equal 3 million miles), a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail and other woodland nature trials, several scenic overlooks of the Sheyenne River valley and Valley City, and a 3,000 square foot perennial flower garden.