Volume 47, Number 8 - December 1, 2009


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Shultz wins "Professor of the Year" award

By Tyler Stamatyades
seth.stamatyades001@mymdc.net

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Schultz was selected from a group of more than 300 professors from around the country.

Dr. Sandra Schultz, a professor in the health and wellness department at Miami Dade College’s North Campus, has been tabbed the 2009 Florida Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Schultz was selected from a group of more than 300 professors from around the country. She accepted the award on Nov. 19 in Washington D.C., and confessed that she was surprised by the accolade.

“I though I’d never hear back from them,” Schultz said.

Schultz’s resume speaks for itself. Her career at MDC started in 1977 when she was a volleyball and softball coach and she is the winner of four Endowed Teaching Chairs.

She is the chair of the North Campus Wellness Day Committee and she is on the MDC Strategic Plan Committee, Learning Outcomes Assessment Team and is co-chair of the Learning Outcomes Coordinating Council.

Schultz earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University; her master’s degree from Florida International University and her Ph. D. from Florida State University. She currently teaches fitness and wellness for life and college survival.

“I don’t see her as a professor; I see her as a friend who’s looking out for me,” said Philouse Candio, 23, an elementary education major in Schultz’s fitness and wellness class. “She’s taught me life skills.”

Besides being committed to her student’s education, Schultz helped organize and run the “Rejuvelake” project, in which community members gathered to clean the lake at the North Campus. 

“She wants you to be a part of the learning process,” said Manuel Pino, 20, and also a student in Schultz’s class.“ and she notices you as an individual, not a group.

”Dr. E. Carter Burrus, Director of the Honors College at the North Campus has also taken notice of Schultz’s unique teaching style.

“She’s one of those rare professors, a consummate professional, who cares about the well-being of students,” Burrus said. “She is engaging and consistent, and she’s touched the lives of many students in a very positive way.”


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