Balsley-Whitmore Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. Lori Newcomb
Dr. Lori Newcomb (left) was awarded the Balsley-Whitmore Teaching Excellence Award by Steven Elliott, Vice President Academic Affairs at Wayne State College, on Sept. 7, during an assembly on campus.
The award’s funding endowment was established by Howard Balsley and Irol Whitmore Balsley. The award is given annually to a faculty member in English who embodies the teaching mission of Wayne State.
Newcomb is an associate professor and has taught literature and English education classes at Wayne State College since 2008.
Before coming to teach at WSC, she taught high school English at two schools in Northeast Nebraska and taught as a teaching assistant (at WSC and the University of South Dakota) and interim faculty (at WSC) while in graduate school. She incorporates service learning into her courses and has observed multiple students in their clinical practice semester in various schools in eastern Nebraska.
Newcomb has given several paper presentations at national and international conferences. She has presented on topics such as the films of Clint Eastwood, the war novels of Tim O’Brien and the travel writings of Olaudah Equiano. She was awarded Sigma Tau Delta’s Outstanding Service award in 2011 and a previous Balsley-Whitmore award for teaching in 2013.