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Dr. Jeanette Olsen, assistant professor and director of assessment and evaluation receives the 2021 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

| Jan Adams

Jeanette Olsen, PhD, RN, assistant professor and director of assessment and evaluation in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, received the Excellence in Teaching Award during the Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting on Aug. 24.

Dr. Olsen, who has been at UW-Eau Claire for five years, was praised in nomination materials for her dedication to students and her ability to provide multiple methods of learning to accommodate every type of student. Students say Olsen takes a “genuine interest” in the lives of those in her classroom.

“She always has time to answer questions and is willing to take the time to make sure you understand it,” student nominators say. “If you don't, she will find a different way to teach it. Even though she has students for just one semester, she knows and remembers everyone's name. She makes you feel important. She makes every question feel valid and is excited to help foster a growth of knowledge.”

Olsen is extremely knowledgeable and approachable, always has a smile on her face “and she truly cared about us as her students and wanted us to do well and succeed as nurses.”

“Dr. Olsen greatly encouraged me and my classmates in the nursing program to achieve our fullest potential,” a student says. “She remains an inspiration to me and is someone I hope to emulate in my nursing career.”

As part of the award, Dr. Olsen will receive a university medallion and $1,500 funded by Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire.

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