Harry E. and Carmen S. Varney Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Department of Retailing Instructor Daniela Jankovska on receiving the 2021 Harry E. and Carmen S. Varney Distinguished Teacher of the Year award — the college’s top teaching honor. The student-nominated award is determined by a committee of faculty, staff and students. After a rigorous review process, three finalists are chosen each year to represent three of the primary departments within the college, and then further evaluation of the finalists is conducted to determine a winner.
As this year’s college-level awardee, Jankovska’s students nominated her for her knowledge, passion for teaching and dedication to her students’ success.
“She was really a saving grace for me,” says student Parker Elmore. “Transferring in as a sophomore during COVID was really hard but being able to go to her class every week and just get to talk to her, be around her and feel her happiness like a ray of sunshine was so helpful for me and is probably what kept me in school.”
“She’s very hands-on and I always felt encouraged to achieve my very best,” adds student Alyssia Ross. Fellow student Rachel Geisler agrees, saying “She really cares about her students’ success, both inside and outside the classroom.” Finalists for the award included Associate Professor Sandy Strick of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and Clinical Instructor/Internship Coordinator Matt Dunn of the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management.
Students praised Strick and Dunn for their empathy, inspiration and understanding of students’ needs as well as their knowledge of the subjects they teach.