U-Mary Professor Sister Kathleen Angel Recognized as 2010 Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher


Sister Kathleen Angel,CDP
Bismarck, ND--On May 12, biology professor Sister Kathleen Angel, CDP, Ph.D., was recognized with the 2010 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Post-Secondary Education by the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Angel, a teacher at Mary since 1989, received this year's award at a ceremony held May 12 on the University of Mary campus.

The announcement of Angel's selection by the chamber's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Committee noted:

This year's educator is an excellent choice. She was nominated by a peer who said this: "Her colleagues are in awe of the remarkable dedication she shows her students. She puts tremendous energy into designing instructional strategies for her course that will optimize student learning, even if it means she will have to spend more time than usual outside the classroom doing preparation or grading."

Another peer wrote, "She is a modest person. A very modest person. She will not tell anyone much of the successes of her life. You would be hard pressed to discover the many talents, abilities or recognitions other folks have bestowed upon her if you did not specifically ask her about it. Even then, she would downplay her role, the task and her ability to complete it. In summary, she is a teacher of distinction and merit. She has the abilities, interests and skills that allow her to do an excellent job as a university professor. In person, though ... she is so much more."

The announcement also described Angel as an educator "years ahead of the curve on scientific knowledge and the application thereof," recalling her ordering equipment and supplies for DNA testing and initiating a class concentrating on this material "long before DNA analysis was the focus of crime dramas and forensic fiction."

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Angel earned a B.S. degree in biology from LaRoche College, an M.S. in biology from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She began teaching in 1962 and has been in North Dakota for the past 20 years.

Angel joins U-Mary faculty Donna Stack (1995), Julie Klein (1996), Dr. Joanne Gladden (1998), Dr. Mary Dockter (2004), and Dr. Michael Lares (2005) as recipients of the prestigious crystal apple.

Begun in 1987, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year reflects the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce's commitment to excellence in education through its ongoing effort to identify and honor educators from Bismarck-Mandan education institutions.

Sponsors of the award are Tires Plus, Northland Financial, Sykes and Carpet Award. Along with the award, Angel received gifts from the following chamber members: Neuromuscular Massage & Detox Center, Butcher Block Meats, Northland Financial, Medora Foundation, Brunos Pizza, Race Day Lube & Wash, Ground Round, Ulteig Engineers, the University of North Dakota, Center for Technology& Business and Peacock Alley.