BE Associate Professor Dawn Dechand Receives Withrow Teaching Excellence Awards

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Dawn DechandMarch 20, 2023

Spartan Engineering students in the MSU College of Engineering have again nominated their favorite faculty members for the highly prized annual Withrow Teaching Excellence Awards. The teaching distinction is for distinguished service to the university and the student body.

The honors are part of the annual Withrow Endowed Award program, which was established through a gift from Jack Withrow (BS, MECH EGR, ’54; MBA ’71) and Dottie Withrow (BA, speech therapy and elementary education, ’55).

The awards will be presented at the 2023 Engineering Awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, at the University Club.
Associate Professor Dawn Dechand is recognized by students as one of the most helpful and committed instructors they have encountered at MSU. She teaches both required and elective undergraduate courses, and she goes the extra mile to be available and helpful to her students.

She offers multiple weekly help sessions outside of her class and makes herself available to students via multiple modes of contact, in-person or virtual. Students particularly appreciate the pace of course material delivery in her courses. Her creativity and dedication to teaching is evidenced by the redesign of BE 332 to better meet student needs. 

Students said: “Dr. Dechand offered multiple honors options for her class to help work with the students to develop their skills and test their knowledge. She incorporates all disciplinary application areas into her core course, allowing students to explore their different professional interests. Dr. Dechand is caring and considerate of student schedules, often adjusting her course calendar to the needs of her students. The atmosphere she creates facilitates a better learning relationship. She cares about students as individuals.”

Originally Posted by Patricia Mroczek