Christine Glenski Named Benedictine’s Educator of the Year | Benedictine College

Christine Glenski Named Benedictine’s Educator of the Year

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Atchison, Kan. (May 7, 2014) - Benedictine College has announced that the 2014 Distinguished Educator of the Year is Christine Glenski, associate professor in the School of Business and chair of the Accounting Program (pictured in the center with Dean of the College Dr. Kimberly Shankman and President Stephen D. Minnis).  The award, which is the highest honor a faculty member at the college can receive, has been given for more than 30 years.  Glenski was nominated for the distinction by Benedictine College students, faculty and staff.

“With nominations from students, I couldn't ask for a better honor,” Glenski said. “I put a great deal of time and effort into my classes, my advising, and just my interaction with all of the students. To know that they do notice it, truly appreciate it, and are willing to take their own time and effort to nominate me for doing it well is a wonderful honor. ”

Glenski has been teaching at the collegiate level for 22 years, beginning at the University of Texas where she earned her Master’s in Professional Accountancy.  She taught at DePaul University in Chicago for 3 years and taught night classes as an adjunct professor at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, while staying at home to raise three daughters during the day. When she and her husband, Roger, brought the family back to the Midwest, she took an assistant professor job at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.  When a position opened up at Benedictine College in 2003, she made the move and is currently finishing off her 11th year in Atchison.

“I am very aware of the caliber of the ‘competition’ for the honor,” said Glenski. “The faculty at BC is a stellar group, and to be selected from that group is humbling. I have won teaching awards before, but this one is special since it is more of what I would consider a ‘lifetime achievement award.’ Most awards are given in your field of study, where you are competing with faculty who only teach in that area. This one being a broad award, with nominations accepted across the full faculty, is special.”

Glenski elicited rave reviews from her peers as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

“Professor Glenski is the best teacher I've ever had in my entire academic career,” said Emily Kendrick, a junior at Benedictine College. “She is always available for help or questions. Her teaching style is the perfect mix of practice problems, lectures and homework. On top of being an outstanding teacher she is also an awesome advisor. She makes each of her students feel important.”

“Students walk out of Chris Glenski’s class glad that they had her as a teacher,” said Dennis Murphy, instructor in the Department of Health, Wellness and Exercise Science.  “I cannot believe someone can make something like accounting interesting, but she does it every semester, without fail, and students consistently rank her as one of the best teachers they had at Benedictine College.”

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the past four years as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by the Newman Guide and First Things magazine.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.