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Jim Feiszli Named U.S. Professor of the Year

Location: South Dakota, USA

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 14, 2013) – James Feiszli, Director of Music at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of South Dakota by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The prestigious award recognizes undergraduate instructors throughout the country who excel in teaching and positively influencing the lives and careers of students.
Five of the 13 professors who have received the U.S. Professor of the Year honor for South Dakota have come from the School of Mines, more than from any other college or university within the state. Highly selective, the award was begun in 1981. This year a state Professor of the Year was recognized in 36 states. Feiszli was among a pool of more than 350 top professors in the United States considered.
He will accept his award at a luncheon today in Washington, D.C. The public is invited to celebrate Feiszli’s honor with the university during receptions following the annual holiday performances at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Those concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8.
“The panel was very impressed by Professor Feiszli’s work building a music program at a school of engineering and technology. At a place where he knew he would not be teaching music majors, he has developed a model music program. Even more important, however, is his work on understanding the connections between music learning and engineering/science learning. That he has been able to demonstrate the advantages of learning both disciplines simultaneously is at the heart of his success as a scholar/teacher,” judges wrote in awarding Feiszli the honor.
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