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Rudisill receives Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in Freshman Seminar

nick_rudisill_t.jpgBOONE—Nick Rudisill, assistant director of general education at Appalachian State University, has received the Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in Freshman Seminar.

The award is named for Brantz, who was director of Freshman Seminar for 14 years. It is presented annually to a Freshman Seminar instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made an impact on student lives in the Freshman Seminar classroom.

Rudisill will receive a $500 cash award and a plaque that will be presented in August when Freshman Seminar instructors, peer leaders, advisors and others meet prior to the beginning of fall semester.

Rudisill was a student in several of Brantz’s history classes. “I am thankful I wound up in Dr. Brantz’s classroom and I am a better instructor for it,” Rudisill said. “I see my students as my co-learners; people who are going to teach me so much about the process of being a teacher. I realize that knowledge is not something to be passed down from on high. Knowledge is generated, processed and shared within a community.”

Rudisill taught Freshman Seminar from fall 2006 to fall 2007. His Freshman Seminar students commented on Rudisill’s approach to teaching.

“I have never seen a more compassionate instructor,” a student wrote. “He has an amazing gift of building community and a positive culture within the classroom.”

Another student nominator wrote, “Nothing about the Freshman Seminar class was intimidating. (Rudisill) made sure we were comfortable and understood the material we were covering. He was always cheerful and humorous.”

In addition to Freshman Seminar, Rudisill has taught freshman-level classes in the Department of English.

Prior to being named assistant director of general education, Rudisill assisted with the university’s Gear Up College Adventure Weekend, Duke University TIP Program’s Scholars Weekend at Appalachian, and the summer enrichment program offered at Camp Broadstone.

Rudisill has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in English from Appalachian.