Vincent named this year’s recipient of Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence

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Dr. Alisha Vincent was awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence Sunday during Dakota Wesleyan University’s Commencement services at the Corn Palace.

Steve and Whitney Clarke, on behalf of the Clarke family, presented the award to Vincent, associate professor and chair of nonprofit administration, and director of special academic projects and initiatives at DWU.

This award was first instituted in the 1996-97 academic year. John and Vicki Clarke, of Mitchell, endowed an award to annually recognize a Dakota Wesleyan University faculty member for excellence in teaching, in serving the needs of students and in service to the university and community.  The award is presented to one faculty member each year at Commencement and consists of a red marble apple on a round walnut base and a cash award. Nominations are solicited from the DWU campus community.

Dr. Joseph Roidt, university provost, described Vincent as a professor who successfully connects classroom work with real-world experiences and creates a learning environment that in genuinely welcoming for all learners.

“Dr. Alisha Vincent is one of the most committed people I have ever met,” read one student comment. “She is constantly going above and beyond for her students, the university and the community, and is always doing more … Ever since I stepped foot on this campus, I could see how much Dr. Vincent cared about her students (as well as) her willingness to let her students lean on her if need be.  Looking at Dr. Vincent’s dedication to teaching, her students and to the university, I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than she.”

Vincent began at DWU in 2013 as director of the McGovern Center and became the architect of the university’s nonprofit program and, more recently, helped build the nonprofit church leadership program. She took on the role as program chair for the nonprofit administration program and director of special academic projects and initiatives in 2018. 

“As executive director of the McGovern Center for five years, (Vincent) orchestrated the exponential growth of service learning and community-based research opportunities across the university’s academic programs while further nurturing and channeling the university’s longstanding commitment to service,” Roidt said. “On a personal note, I have had the pleasure of working with her closely in conjunction with the nonprofit church leadership program and, as such, have grown even more appreciate of the talents and abilities that she brings to Dakota Wesleyan.”