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Volume 15 • Number 2
Sept. 3, 2013
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Holbrook Receives Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award
<i>Dr. Mary Beth Holbrook received the 10th annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award, named in honor of Dyer, left, who retired from the School of Business in 2002.</i>Dr. Mary Beth Holbrook received the 10th annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award, named in honor of Dyer, left, who retired from the School of Business in 2002.
Dr. Mary Beth Holbrook, professor of accounting, has received the 10th annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Business.

Nominees were selected and reviewed by a three-member Selection Committee based on evidence of excellent classroom instruction. The committee also considered peer review of instruction, student evaluations of teaching performance, curriculum development, teaching load, and innovative teaching methods, among other factors.

“Mary Beth is very deserving of this award,” said recently retired School of Business Associate Dean Dr. Rita Davis. “Her students and colleagues respect her teaching. One of her students made the following comment: ‘She is a great professor. She clearly understands the material, cares about how students learn, and cares about how thoroughly she presents the material. She always tries to improve her teaching methods for our benefit. She is one of the best professors I have ever had. I wish I could take her again.’”

“What really helped to make our decision was her philosophy that she never gives up on a student,” Davis said.

Holbrook said she was “honored and humbled to be receiving this award. Teaching provides a wonderful opportunity to positively influence another’s life. We affect students’ lives sometimes without even knowing it. And our students depend on all of us to help them, keep them on track, inspire them, and guide them. We all make a difference in the lives of our students at Eastern. How lucky we are to have this opportunity.”

Holbrook joined the EKU faculty in 2008.

Dyer served the EKU School of Business for more than 30 years, including 13 as director of the University’s MBA program, before retiring in 2002.