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Susan Opp receives CLA Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Susan Opp for receiving this year’s College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Opp joined the Political Science Department in 2009 and quickly became a favorite of students. Susan’s undergraduate courses have included Public Administration, The Policy Process and Urban Politics.  At the graduate level she has taught doctoral level seminars in Scope and Methods in Political Science and Public Policy Analysis.  Susan has guided student internships, and graduate level special studies.  This year she became faculty adviser to Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honorary Society.

Susan’s students offer the best insight into her teaching. One said of her, “Best Political Science teacher I have had in all four years.” Another said “I cannot say enough about this teacher.  She has made political science fun, interesting, and useful.  She goes above and beyond.  She really is the best prof I have had.” Finally, one student wrote, “Words cannot express how grateful I am to you.  You helped me find my ‘place’ here at CSU when I came back after taking a year off.  I didn’t even know what public administration really was until you (w/smile).  Thank you for being such an amazing role model for me.  I only hope to be as successful as you already are.”

Dr. Opp is the latest member of the Department to win recognition for her teaching. Brad Macdonald and Courtenay Daum have also received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and emeritus professor Bob Lawrence received the Lory Award for excellence in teaching. Martin Adamian, Dawn King, and John Hultgren all 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, March 27th, from 4 to 5:30 at the University Center for the Arts.