Dierks earns teaching award
The Minnesota State Board of Trustees will honor a Minnesota West faculty member with the Award for Excellence in Teaching. This honor acknowledges and rewards exceptional individual professional accomplishment and encourages ongoing excellence in teaching.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College has recently undergone an extensive process (using input from faculty and students from each campus) to identify candidates to serve as the Minnesota West nominee for the Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Mike Dierks, Farm Business Management Instructor has been chosen to represent for the Statewide Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dierks will now compete with approximately 40 other nominees from fellow Minnesota State institutions from across the state.
Nominations were based on criteria such as innovative program delivery, cooperation and partnerships within and outside of the college, campus involvement/leadership, and community involvement/leadership.
“Mike is an asset to our students, Farm Business Management program, and college. He has a genuine passion for helping his farmer students achieve their farm and personal goals.”
“His students are able to utilize their own businesses as a case study for reflection of key concepts that Mike instructs. Mike’s farmers are given high quality and accurate tools to assess the effectiveness of their own business and work to become better managers.”
“Mike’s students know that he will always be there to guide them in their learning journey and that they have a true advocate and friend,” comments, Paul Lanoue, Dean of Agriculture and Business.
Honorable mention to the other Minnesota West Community and Technical College instructors whom were also nominated for the award: Jay Vargas – Social Sciences Leah Gossom - Humanities Douglas Schuett - Trades Kim Leherke – Allied Health Paul Seifert – Math and Sciences Mark Temple – Transportation