TALE honors outstanding teachers

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2015

BLOOMSBURG— Three Bloomsburg University faculty members have been selected as the Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Outstanding Teachers for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The award is bestowed annually by BU’s TALE center to faculty members nominated by students. This year’s winners are Darrin Kass, professor of management; Shiloh Erdley, assistant professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice; and Mary Katherine Waibel-Duncan, professor of psychology.

Kass will be honored at graduate commencement on Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Erdley and Waibel-Duncan will be recognized during the undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m. on the Academic Quadrangle. Each winner will receive a plaque and a $1,000 professional development stipend sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation.

Kass is a two-time Outstanding Teaching Award winner, having first won the award in 2004. Graduate students nominated him based on his “push-your-limits mentality” and for “fostering a belief in students that success is attainable by facing challenges head-on and learning to adapt and persevere.” Students note that he is a “dynamic teacher who helps them integrate and connect their learning” and that he brings an “overtly positive energy” to the classroom.

Erdley was nominated by undergraduate students who described her as an “exceptional professor” who makes their success her number one priority. She is known to be challenging, yet fair, to her students, “pushing them to be better” through her own passion and meaningful assignments. They state that she is “knowledgeable, resourceful and dedicated,” and credit her with helping them know that they have made the right career choice.

Waibel-Duncan was also nominated by undergraduate students, who said she inspires them personally and professionally with her “passion for excellence in education, drive to promote excellent work in the surrounding community, and efforts to expand Bloomsburg University’s community outreach.” Her teaching style is “easily compatible with individual students” because she adjusts it to accommodate their needs. They state that her “knack of fixing problems” and ability to “radiate passion for what she teaches” makes her a fantastic teacher.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.