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Dr. Sandra L. Schultz Named 2009 Florida Professor of the Year


Dr. Sandra L. Schultz

Miami, November 19, 2009 - When Miami Dade College (MDC) President  Eduardo J. Padrón called Dr. Sandra L. Schultz in September and began the conversation with “Are you sitting down?” she knew it was something big. Indeed, it was.

The MDC North Campus professor of more than 30 years has been named 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 (CASE). Dr. Schultz was selected among more than 300 top professors nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.

She will be honored at a reception tonight at the Folger Shakespeare Library Exhibition Hall in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Schultz is the third MDC professor to receive this top recognition. Alberto Meza, professor of fine arts at the Kendall Campus, won in 2003. Dr. Ana M. Cruz, School of Business chair at the Wolfson Campus, was selected in 2005.

“This is an incredible honor. It’s a great way to end my career,” said Dr. Schultz, who plans to retire after one more year. “I have really enjoyed my years at MDC.”

Dr. Schultz is the recipient of four Endowed Teaching Chairs, most recently the Anastasios and Maria Kyriakides Chair. She began her career at MDC in 1977 as a volleyball and softball coach, and then teaching several physical education and activity courses. She also helped develop the Fitness and Wellness for Life course, which provides instruction on how to improve health and nutrition, as well as reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Recently, she began teaching the course online to students living all over the world.

The Miami native earned a doctorate degree in movement science and physical education from Florida State University. She always wanted to be a teacher.

“In high school and college I had wonderful teachers who inspired me,” said Dr. Schultz. “I remember thinking; this would be a great way to spend the rest of my life.”

In addition to teaching, Dr. Schultz is the author of several fitness textbooks. She is chair of the North Campus Wellness Day Committee, which annually draws in more than 700 participants. In addition, she is on the MDC Strategic Plan Committee, Learning Outcomes Assessment Team and is co-chair of the Learning Outcomes Coordinating Council.

The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program was established in 1981. TIAA-CREF, one of America's leading financial services organizations and higher education's premier retirement system, became the principal sponsor for the awards ceremony in 2000. Additional support for the program is received from a number of higher education associations.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie “to do all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching.”  The foundation is the only advanced-study center for teachers in the world and the third-oldest foundation in the nation.  Its nonprofit research activities are conducted by a small group of distinguished scholars.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the largest international association of education institutions, serving nearly 3,400 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in 59 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of educational fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.

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