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Schneider named Higher Educator of the Year

Schneider poses with the 2019 Higher Educator of the Year award he won this month. Vanguard Photo | Nicole Vogelpohl

David Schneider, the communications department chair, brought home the 2019 Higher Educator of the Year at the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly this month in Houston, Texas.

Schneider said he has been honored for his dedication to his research on student retention in colleges and universities.

Schneider was pleased when he received the award.

“My initial response was along the lines of, ‘This is too good to be true,’” Schneider said. “Then, as time progressed, reality set in, and the significance of the award has come into view.”

Schneider is entering his 34th year teaching at SVSU. He is known for his rigorous research on why students leave their respective universities before attaining their degrees.

Many universities struggle with their retention rates. Schneider. In his research, has found several reasons why retention rates are high at many universities.

Marc Peretz, the dean of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, was happy to hear that Schneider won.

“I am very pleased that one of our faculty members received national recognition for their teaching,” he said.

Peretz believes Schneider’s work ethic and devotion to his job landed him the award.

“I believe (Schneider) was awarded this accolade because of his outstanding teaching methods and his professionalism that he not only exhibits in all that he does for the department, but throughout the University as a whole,” Peretz said.

Peretz believes Schneider’s award reflects the quality and dedication of the communication department.

“I am sure that Schneider’s department colleagues are very happy that one of their colleagues has received this recognition” Peretz said. “His award reflects well on the department, and his work is reflective of the fine teaching that the communication department is known for.”

Schneider was thankful for the award and the people that helped him reach this accomplishment.

“I feel blessed to have been recognized by my peers in this way” he said. “It has made me reflect on the most meaningful educators in my life, including the influence of my father Ernest, who was a lifelong K-12 teacher, and the fairly substantial list of mentors in my career. My achievement is their achievement.”

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