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Hanson-Rasmussen receives Tomkovick teaching award

Dr. Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen, assistant professor of management, is the recipient of the 2015 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chuck Tomkovick Department of Management and Marketing Teaching Excellence Award. She was presented with a plaque and a $500 award at the department's fall meeting on Thursday, August 27.

Hanson-Rasmussen teaches courses in organizational behavior, sustainable management, and workplace diversity. She frequently brings guest speakers to her classes who challenge students' perceptions regarding the value of sustainable business practices and the need to have a work force that reflects a mixture of diverse ages, abilities, cultures, genders, religions, and races. Hanson-Rasmussen is also a co-coordinator for the college's international business programs, a faculty adviser for International Business Student Professionals, a mentor for Blugold Beginnings, and an adviser for Phase II Orientation.

"Nancy is an outstanding instructor who is devoted to helping all students," said Dr. Kristy Lauver, professor of management and chair of the Department of Management and Marketing. "Her dedication to and enthusiasm for teaching is apparent whenever you walk by her classroom or talk to students in her courses."

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.

About Chuck Tomkovick, Ph.D.

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.