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Saunders receives Outstanding Online Faculty Award

January 27, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Elizabeth Saunders, coordinator of the Master Teaching and Leadership concentration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has received an Outstanding Online Faculty Award presented by the University Center of Lake County. The awards, honoring Saunders and three other faculty members, were presented at the center’s annual meeting in December.

Recipients were selected based on nominations submitted by their students. Selection Committee chair Lynn Evans said that the testimonials made it evident that “these most-deserving faculty are changing students’ lives.”

Materials nominating Saunders noted in part that she is “ever vigilant in her mother hen instincts in creating an online learning community for us…I am often amazed at how genuine her degree of concern is for all of us.”

Saunders, a Peoria resident, both advises and teaches in Master Teaching and Leadership, which is an online concentration within UIS’ graduate Educational Leadership program. The goal of MTL is to provide teachers with an opportunity to earn a high-quality degree while using university courses toward certificate renewal or to prepare for the master teaching certificate. Program delivery via the Internet allows teachers to participate without the need to travel long distances or compromise their schedules.

The University Center of Lake County is a consortium of 16 public and private colleges and universities around the state that offer coursework and degrees within Lake County. In addition to UIS, member institutions are Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Concordia University, DePaul University, Dominican University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Kendall College, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Saint Xavier University, and the University of Illinois campuses at Chicago and Urbana-Champaign.

More information about the University Center is available at www.ucenter.org. More information about UIS’ Master Teaching and Leadership concentration is available at http://mtl.uis.edu/.

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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