Mark Hickman Named MnSCU BOT Educator of the Year

GM ASEP instructor earns system’s highest academic honor

Mark Hickman

Mark Hickman, a GM ASEP instructor at Dakota County Technical College, was one of four honorees selected to receive the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Educator of the Year Award, the system’s highest academic honor.

Chosen from an elite group of 26 BOT Outstanding Educators, Hickman exemplifies exceptional professionalism through groundbreaking accomplishments and a singular dedication to excellence in teaching. According to a MnSCU news release, “Reviewers cited Hickman for his effectiveness in encouraging students who typically do not read books or take notes to do both. They lauded him for creative teaching methods—using a garden hose to demonstrate electrical flow, for example. Hickman also uses peer consultation, which allows his colleagues to talk with his students about how he can improve his teaching and their learning.”

DCTC President Ronald E. Thomas was elated at Hickman’s selection for such a prestigious award. “Mark has always been one of our college’s top instructors,” Thomas said. “His commitment to his students and his program is unsurpassed as is his innovative and exceedingly relevant teaching philosophy.”

Chancellor James H. McCormick was also greatly impressed by the four honorees, Paula Croonquist of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Lori Halverson-Wente and Pam Whitfield, both of Rochester Community and Technical College, and, of course, Mark Hickman of Dakota County Technical College. McCormick said: “I am proud that we highlight the excellence of our faculty with these awards. The honorees exemplify what we value most in this system—high-quality teaching, learning and service.”

To learn more about Mark Hickman, please read Mark Hickman: Transportation Instructor.