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Creighton Psychology Professor Named Nebraska Professor of the Year

Creighton Psychology Professor Named Nebraska Professor of the Year

Creighton University psychology professor Isabelle Cherney, Ph.D., has been named Nebraska’s 2007 “Professor of the Year,” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Cherney will be recognized during a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15, 2007.

“Teaching is my calling and vocation. I could not imagine my world without sharing my passion with my students, colleagues, and friends,” said Cherney. “Few things bring me more joy than relating and imparting knowledge to others, by capturing their attention through interesting examples, providing students with a framework for interpreting new material, applying the material to their own lives, and preparing reasonable assessments.”

“Teaching involves creating, molding, sharing, nurturing, being patient, curious, and respecting individual differences. It is the best way to make a difference in someone's life,” she added.

Students say her enthusiasm is often contagious. When teaching less popular courses such as statistics, she finds a way to connect the material to their lives, striking a careful balance between support and challenge, and making the information come to life.

She is one of the leaders in Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences in mentoring undergraduate students in research that is presented and published regionally and nationally.

Cherney was one of the 50 top professors chosen for their state’s highest honor from among nearly 300 professors nominated nationwide.

She graduated from Creighton with a degree in psychology in 1996 and returned in 2000 as an assistant professor of psychology.

“I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of this very prestigious award,” said Creighton University President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. "Dr. Cherney displays an extraordinary commitment to her students and brings impressive expertise to her classroom.”

Cherney and a colleague designed an Honors Program curriculum four years ago that is based on student learning outcomes. The honors students present their independent research projects to the Creighton community each spring on “Honors Day.” Last year more than 200 students and faculty attended the celebration.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie. The Foundation is the only advanced study center for teachers in the world and the third-oldest foundation in the nation. Its nonprofit research activities are produced by a small group of distinguished scholars.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the largest international association of education institutions, with a membership of nearly 2,900 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in 44 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom . Representing these institutions are more than 21,000 professionals in the disciplines of alumni relations, communications, and fund raising.