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August 28, 2014

Nahm receives Chuck Tomkovick teaching award

Abe Nahm/Peter Ault

Dr. Abraham Nahm, pictured with Dr. Tomkovick's stepson, Peter Ault.


Dr. Abraham Nahm, professor of management, is the recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chuck Tomkovick Department of Management and Marketing Teaching Excellence Award. He was presented with a plaque and a $500 award at the department’s fall meeting Thursday, August 28.

Nahm, who has a Ph.D. in manufacturing management and engineering from the University of Toledo, has taught courses in lean manufacturing systems, operations management and quality management at UW-Eau Claire since 2000. A prolific researcher, he has over 50 publications in journals and other scholarly works and is the recipient of several awards for his research.

Known throughout the college as a person with integrity, Nahm is a soft spoken man who is passionate about teaching. To Nahm, students come first. He is always available to help a student having difficulty in his class or experiencing a personal challenge.

“Abe leads by example,” said Dr. Kristy Lauver, associate professor of management and chair of the Department of Management and Marketing. “He is always the first person in my department to volunteer to advise a prospective student, mentor a new faculty member, teach a new course, or participate on a committee. Abe is always there for others.”  

The Chuck Tomkovick Teaching Excellence Award is named for Dr. Charles Tomkovick, a UW-Eau Claire marketing professor who passed away from cancer in July 2013. Recipients of the teaching award must demonstrate a passion for teaching, connection to alumni and a commitment to servant leadership—all qualities Tomkovick possessed. Gifts to the Chuck Tomkovick Fund can be made through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. For more information, go to www.uwec.edu/Foundation/what/faculty/Tomkovick.htm

About Chuck Tomkovick

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Tomkovick, an outstanding UW-Eau Claire marketing educator, taught undergraduate and graduate marketing courses for the Department of Management and Marketing and led marketing seminars for entrepreneurs and small business owners through UW-Eau Claire Office of Continuing Education. An active researcher, Tomkovick engaged dozens of students in collaborative research, instilling in them a love for scholarly inquiry. He also used his talents to help others become better teachers. He was a charter member of the UW-Eau Claire Network for Excellence in Teaching Council and was a mentor to new faculty members in the Department of Management and Marketing. Tomkovick received many awards throughout his academic career, including the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching award, which he received twice. He was nominated three times by the university for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) U.S. Professor of the Year award.

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