Hodges names Employee and Professor of the Year

Hodges University News

Hodges University congratulates Dr. Char Wendel who was recently named the 2012 Professor of the Year. Dr. Wendel has been teaching in the Legal Studies Program at Hodges University for twelve years. She is also the Instructional Design Coordinator in the Distance Education Department. The Professor of the Year nomination process provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to nominate the professor they feel is most deserving of this recognition.

“Working with students is her passion,” said Dr. Jeanette Brock, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Dr. Wendel is an exceptional educator who continually strives to become a better teacher, working hard to make learning a very engaging experience for her students. She takes the time to investigate and incorporate a number of different learning tools and resources in her courses, such as online videos and personalized audio replies to questions, texts and movies. She truly deserves this recognition.”

Gail Williams, Chief Diversity Officer at Hodges University was named Employee of the Year for 2012. Ms. Williams is also the Director for the Florida Diversity Council – Southwest Florida Chapter, has been instrumental in the creation and execution of the annual Hodges University Diversity Fest, and was named a 2012 FACE Award winner. She also serves as an ambassador for Hodges University in the local community by reaching out to various organizations, including the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals; the Lee and Collier County branches of the NAACP; and the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce.

“We have an incredible staff here at Hodges University, making it difficult for just one professor and one employee to receive an honor such as this, but Dr. Wendel and Gail Williams both truly represent some of the best of the best,” said President Terry McMahan. “Dr. Wendel has a true passion for teaching, and is also committed to collaborating with and mentoring her colleagues. Diversity is a core value at Hodges, and Gail’s work as our first Chief Diversity Officer has helped the institution continues to foster and sustain an environment that promotes academic excellence, respects differences, and accepts inclusiveness. We are immensely proud of both of them and congratulate them on receiving recognition.”

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