Luehrs appointed Teaching Excellence Coordinator

Dr. Robert B. Luehrs has retired from Fort Hays State University twice. Each time, he returned to teaching.

Luehrs taught history at FHSU for 36 years before retiring in May 2004. He was then hired to teach for another year, retiring a second time in May 2005. He has now been appointed teaching excellence coordinator in FHSU's Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology.

Luehrs will continue teaching, but he will be teaching colleagues instead of classes. One of his biggest responsibilities is to council faculty on effective teaching methods and suggesting ways to improve their classes.

"My services as a counselor may be as simple as suggesting an article on college teaching for a faculty member to read or proposing some rewording of sentences in a syllabus," he said.

Another of Leuhrs' projects, expected to begin in a few months, is an e-bulletin that will provide faculty with information about the university and it's procedures, practices and policies.

Both of these activities are aimed at improving the quality of teaching at the university both on and off campus.

"He will serve as a teaching skills resource person as well as a consultant for individual faculty members wishing to enhance their instructional effectiveness in on-campus or Virtual College courses," said Dr. Larry Gould, Provost.

Dennis King, Virtual College director, is pleased that Luehrs will remain at FHSU.

"Somebody of Dr. Luehrs' stature and status dealing with faculty is something that will help CTELT in vulnerable areas and improve teaching across campus," he said.

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