Glenski Named to 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction | Benedictine College

Glenski Named to 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) recently announced that Christine Glenski, associate professor and chair of the Accounting Program in the Benedictine College School of Business, was selected to receive KICA's inaugural Faculty of Distinction Award. The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas. One professor from each member college was selected for the award.

“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said Matt Lindsey, President of the KICA. “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual. Or as one nominee was described:  "they have the ability to facilitate greatness in our students.’”

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.

The KICA member colleges, which include the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives. The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.

Faculty of Distinction honorees are nominated by the Chief Academic Officer of each KICA member institution. This year’s recipients encompass multiple disciplines, including the natural sciences, business, history, and theology, as well as auto restoration, music, and others.  They include department chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics, and adjunct instructors who are practicing professionals in their chosen field.

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 as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  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.