Dr. Jim Rucker, professor and chair of Fort Hays State University's Department of Accounting and Information Systems, is featured in the fall issue of Business Education Forum as the 2003 recipient of the Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award from the National Business Education Association.
The presentation of the award came at the association's national convention in April.
"It's an honor because it was given by my peers in business education across the United States," said Rucker.
Rucker has taught at FHSU for 22 years. Before that, he taught for two years at Wayne State College, Wayne, NE. He also taught for seven years on the junior high school and high school level in Nebraska.
"Teaching," Rucker told the Business Education Forum, "has allowed me to accomplish [a] personal and professional goal -- doing a job I love."
Rucker was named the Kansas Outstanding Postsecondary Business Educator in 1997 and the 2000 Teacher of the Year by the Mountain-Plains Business Education Association, which covers nine states and two Canadian provinces. The M-PBEA also recognized him with its Leadership Award in 2002.
He served as the Northwest director of the Kansas Business Education Association, as president and conference co-chair of the M-PBEA and is currently a representative to the NBEA Executive Board. He has also served the NBEA as chair of its Professional Opportunities Committee, as methods editor of the Forum, and as editor of the 2002 NBEA Yearbook.
The National Business Education Association describes itself as "the nation's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in instruction, administration, research, and dissemination of information for and about business. NBEA is the leading association devoted to the recognition that business education competencies are essential for all individuals in today's fast-changing society."