Hansen named the 2018 Tomkovick award recipient

| Gretchen Hutterli

Dr. Kevin Hansen, assistant professor of health care administration in the Department of Management and Marketing, is the recipient of the 2018 Chuck Tomkovick Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Kristy Lauver, chair of the Department of Management & Marketing, presented Hansen with a plaque and a $500 award at the department's fall meeting on August 24.

Hansen, who has a PhD in aging studies and a master's of law degree (L.L.M) in elder law, teaches courses in health care systems, quality improvement, and leadership. 

"Dr. Hansen is a dynamic teacher who is passionate about what he teaches", said Lauver. "He cares about his students and does everything in his ability to help them achieve success, such as working with them on collaborative research projects which have resulted in them presenting at national conferences." 

Hansen's impact goes beyond the UW-Eau Claire campus. Currently, he is the director of the National Emerging Leadership Summit, a summer leadership development program that pairs newer health care administrators with leaders in the senior care field. He has also served as an ombudsman specialist for the Minnesota State Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Development Disabilities, and as an attorney and victim advocate for the ElderCare Rights Alliance.

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.

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.