Associate Professor of Drama Joe Klinebriel
The Clarke University Board of Trustees established the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching in honor of former President Meneve Dunham. A review committee of faculty and students recommends the selected recipient to the president.
One student wrote about Joe:
"I have been very fortunate to work with him in multiple capacities during my time at Clarke. He has worked with me not only as a professor, but as an advisor, a director, an actor, and a coworker. In all of these roles he shows a passion for teaching and learning. He is always in search of opportunities for his students to learn something new."
An Clarke graduate wrote:
"He exemplifies excellence in teaching because he gives it his all, he helps when he doesn’t need to, he strives to teach a rounded education, and he stresses what’s important. He is generous with his time, with his contacts, and with his dedication. I am fortunate to call him my friend."
A colleague wrote:
"I have experienced his dedication to all things academic since his arrival on this campus. His intense interest in his students’ growth and development, his compassion and care as he journeys with them, his generosity of spirit as he inspires their confidence in him is exciting to witness."
"He is gentle, respectful of opinions other than his own and tries to accommodate the needs of others. Incredibly generous with his time, he enriches the students who are fortunate enough to work with him."
"As a teacher, he is dedicated to helping students think for themselves, to question possibilities, to engage them in meditating on real life issues and to think about their positive role in serving the community."