Posted by Paul Baker on May 25, 2017
The Marcus and Mark H. Trumbo Award for Excellence in Teaching is Aurora University’s most prestigious faculty award. It was established in 1976 by a former dean of Aurora College in memory of his father and later renamed to recognize the accomplishments of both father and son. The Marcus and Mark Trumbo Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually at the spring honors convocation to an exemplary member of the university faculty.
This year’s recipient, Sarah Radtke, assistant professor in the School of Education and Human Performance, has been described by her students as “empathetic,” “compassionate,” as “demonstrating exceptional academic ability and professionalism,” as “committed to excellence,” and as “guided by a strong moral and ethical compass.” She was cited for her ability to design and implement inclusive learning environments in which all students have the opportunity to thrive. As a mentor, Radtke was described as being always available to discuss academics, to write letters of recommendation, to proofread cover letters and resumes, and to discuss options for further educational opportunities.
According to her peers, Radtke possesses an intuitive ability to understand the educational and developmental needs of her students and delivers guidance and direction commensurate with those needs. Her ability to connect with each student is one of the many unique aspects of her professional talents. Faculty colleagues have identified her as a student-centered faculty member completely devoted to student learning. She is an exceptionally talented, creative and passionate educator.