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Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Faculty Tony Breitbach

The Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded annually to a full-time faculty member who has completed three years of service at Clarke University and who embodies excellence in teaching.

The Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching was not presented in 2024, though we look forward to continuing the tradition next year. The 2023 award was presented to:

Tony Breitbach Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

A current student wrote about the recipient:
During and after each lecture, he would make changes to his lecture notes to improve the lecture for next year. He was constantly mindful of the classroom interactions and non-verbal cues to better understand the level of comprehension from the students so he could adjust his lectures accordingly.

A former student wrote:
He understood that college was not just about taking courses to get a degree and wanted his students to take every opportunity they could to maximize their growth. Because of him pushing me to get in the lab and do various research projects, I was able to get a full-time position in the pharmaceutical industry within a year of graduating, something that not many people have the opportunity to do.

A colleague wrote:
This individual is conscientious, thoughtful, intentional, organized and meticulous. He is a superb teacher and a great asset to the department, the program and the University.

Remembering Meneve Dunham

Former President, Meneve Dunham passed away on February 9, 2021, at the age of 90. With her passing, we asked past winners to reflect on what this dedication to excellence has meant for them and their careers.

Previous Recipients

Sunil Malapati, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, 2022

The Entire Clarke University Faculty, 2021

Jennifer Mai, PT, DPT, Ph.D., MHS, NCS, Professor of Physical Therapy, 2020

Ann Weltin, DNP, FNP-BC, CNM, Associate Professor of Nursing, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, 2019

Jessica Teckemeyer, MFA, Art, 2018

Evelyn Nadeau, Ph.D., Spanish, 2017

Ann Adkins, Ed.D., Education, 2016

Tim Boffeli, Ph.D., Psychology, 2015

Joseph Klinebriel, MFA, Drama, 2014

Andrea Bixler, Ph.D., Biology, 2013

Karen Glover, Ph.D., Chemistry, 2012

Paula Schmidt, Ed.D., Education, 2011

Michelle Slover, Ph.D., Biology, 2010


*For a complete listing of recipient names you may contact Academic Affairs.