Professor receives teacher education award

Anne Tapp received the David G. Imig Award on Feb. 25. Courtesy Photo | University Communications

Anne Tapp, professor of teacher education, received the David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

This award recognizes distinguished achievements in the formulation, implementation or analysis of teacher education policy or the performance of distinguished scholarship in educator preparation. It is named in honor of the President and CEO of AACTE from 1980 to 2005, Emeritus David G. Imig. Tapp said she is honored to be recognized with the award.

“I have been fortunate to work with amazing colleagues at SVSU, AACTE, and AACTE’s Advisory Council of State Representatives (ACSR) who make a difference in the lives of teacher education and P-12 students,” she said.

Tapp also was elected to the board of directors for AACTE in 2021.

“It has been a privilege to serve on the AACTE Board of Directors,” she said. “As a newly-elected member of the AACTE Board of Directors Executive Committee, I am working to more closely continue the excellence of AACTE, our nation’s leading voice on educator preparation.”

Tapp joined the College of Education faculty at SVSU in 2002. She teaches in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

James Tarr, the Dean of the College of Education at SVSU, said Tapp was deserving of the recognition.

“Dr. Tapp is being recognized for her expertise and high-profile service contributions,” he said. “Without question, she has an impressive record in teacher education and is an award-winning teacher educator with 20 years of service to SVSU’s College of Education. Her prestigious award brings national visibility to SVSU and the College of Education’s educator preparation programs. We are really proud of Dr. Tapp.”

The award was presented on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the AACTE award reception at AACTE’s 75th annual meeting by current AACTE president and CEO Lynn M. Gangone.

“It is my pleasure to present the Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education award this year to our colleague Dr. Anne Tapp, representing the work of our state affiliates and their coordinating body, and Advisory Council of State Representatives, whose exceptional work in state education policy is deserving of this award,” Gangone said.

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