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April 28, 2014

Cheryl Tefer, a Nursing instructor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, who has worked and taught in the field of nursing for 40 years, has been awarded the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system’s highest academic honor, the Educator of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Board of Trustees.

Tefer, who has instructed about 4,000 nursing students, was one of four MnSCU faculty members who received the top honor earlier this week at an annual award ceremony.

“Cheryl Tefer’s innovative focus and drive to promote Anoka-Ramsey’s nursing program shines through in everything she does,” said President Kent Hanson.

The system board found that Tefer demonstrates unique abilities to successfully prepare students for the nursing profession and noted that recently she played a key role in the development of the innovative Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education.

Tefer completed her master’s and additional post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of Iowa. She has been a Nursing faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey for nearly 25 years and is a frequent presenter at conferences and summits.

The MnSCU Board of Trustees bestows the award to acknowledge and reward exceptional professional accomplishment and to encourage ongoing excellence in teaching. Tefer is the third Anoka-Ramsey faculty member to have received this honor since it began in 2007. The others were Paula Croonquist, a biology instructor in 2010 and Andrew Aspaas, a chemistry instructor, in 2013.

Winners were selected from 30 faculty members named Outstanding Educators by the presidents of their respective institutions based on nominations by students, faculty peers or staff. Evaluation criteria include: content expertise and professional growth; teaching strategies and materials; assessment of student learning and performance; and service to students, the profession, the institution and the system. This is the eighth year of the awards.

Each Outstanding Educators receives a hand-crafted silver medallion and framed certificate. Each Educator of the Year receives a hand-crafted gold medallion and an honorarium of up to $5,000.

The other three 2014 Educators of the Year are Deanna Forsman, a History instructor at Normandale Community College; Cheryl Neudauer, a Biology instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Sandra Sellner-Wee, a Radiography instructor at Riverland Community College.

The system has about 8,000 full- and part-time faculty members.


Cheryl Tefer

Cheryl Tefer, a Nursing instructor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, who has worked and taught in the field of nursing for 40 years, has been awarded the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system’s highest academic honor, the Educator of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Board of Trustees.