Preussner Named Educator of the Year

Alanna Preussner, professor of English, won top honors at the 20th annual Educator of the Year Banquet April 2.

Preussner began teaching at Truman in 1989. She teaches American Romanticism; Senior Seminar (on American Nature Writers, late 19th century, World War I and Midwestern literature); Mystery; British Literature, American Literature, World Literature, American Studies/The American West; and Applying Literary Theory.

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Alanna Preussner, professor of English, accepts the Educator of the Year Award from Suzanne Russell, chair of the Educator of the Year Committee, during a banquet April 2.

A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Preussner received her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Students nominate professors for Educator of the Year. Nominees then submit an essay and syllabus to the Educator of the Year committee, which selects the finalist. In addition to Preussner, this year’s finalist included: James Cianciola, assistant professor of communication; Alan Davis, professor of accounting; Sherri Palmer, professor of psychology; Datha Dameron-Martinez, professor of business administration; and Matthew Tornatore, professor of foreign languages and linguistics.

Students from Student Government, the Pershing Society and Phi Kappa Phi serve on the Educator of the Year Committee.
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