Dr. Tom Johansen, associate professor of economics and finance, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of Fort Hays State University's Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for his performance in the College of Business and Leadership.
The faculty recognition program rewards outstanding teacher innovators and outstanding mediated classroom teachers from each of the four colleges of the university. Two other special awards -- Teacher/Innovator of the Year and Faculty Advisor of the Year -- are also part of the program. Recipients are selected by a committee chaired or appointed by the respective college deans.
One award is given each month over the period August through May. Johansen is the recipient of the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for January. He received a check for $300 and a university lapel pin that signifies teaching excellence. Two-thirds of the financial award is provided by the university and the other third comes from Commerce Bank of Hays, which established a fund with the university to help recognize outstanding faculty teaching.
To win the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award from the College of Business and Leadership a faculty member must use innovative approaches for instruction and show evidence of original contribution and increased learning effectiveness.
Speaking on behalf of the selection committee, Dr. Ralph Gamble, professor of economics and finance, said, "Tom has used computers and the Web to present his courses to on-campus students for many years. He took the lead in directing stock market trading games in order to teach finance and investment topics.
"He was the driving force behind the departmental, college and university promotional videos, and in the acquisition of the plasma displays and IT units on floor one, McCartney Hall," Gamble said. "The list goes on.
"He should be recognized for what he truly is: an outstanding user of media in teaching," said Gamble.
After instructing at FHSU from 1981-1983, Johansen left to teach at the University of Northern Colorado. He returned to FHSU in 1989 as an assistant professor of finance. Johansen received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from FHSU and his doctorate from Oklahoma State University.