Political Science Professor Kyle Saunders Receives CLA Excellence in Teaching AwardImage of

Political Science Professor Kyle Saunders Receives CLA Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Professor Kyle Saunders for receiving this year’s College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award for associate professors. Dr. Saunders joined the Political Science Department in 2004 and quickly established his reputation for being an excellent teacher.  Kyle’s undergraduate courses have included Introduction to American Politics, U.S. Parties and Elections, and Research Methods in Political Science. At the graduate level he has taught seminars in Citizen Politics in the U.S., Scope and Methods in Political Science, and Quantitative Methods of Research.

Professor Saunders’ students offer the best insight into his teaching. One student wrote “I really enjoyed this class.  By far the best Political Science class I have taken.”  And it would be difficult to top the enthusiasm (or use of exclamation points) of the student who wrote, “This was the best class I have ever taken!!!  The most intellectually challenging!!!  Keep it up for future kids.  You are the best teacher!!!  Give this man a raise!!!”

Dr. Saunders is the latest member of the Department to win recognition for his teaching. Brad Macdonald, Courtenay Daum, and Susan Opp have also received the CLA Excellence in Teaching Award, and emeritus professor Bob Lawrence received the Lory Award for excellence in teaching. Martin Adamian, Dawn King, and John Hultgren each received the CLA Excellence in Teaching Award for graduate teaching assistants while at CSU.

The award will be presented at the College’s spring faculty/staff meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 4 to 5:30 at the University Center for the Arts.