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NDSU's Wachenheim Receives Teaching Award
North Dakota Ag Connection - 12/05/2018

Cheryl Wachenheim, a professor in North Dakota State University's Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department, received the 2018 Regional Teaching Award during the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual conference in New Orleans, La.

"I am honored to receive this award on behalf of North Dakota State University," Wachenheim says.

"North Dakota State University provides the tools by which I can remain current in subject matter expertise and learn about and adopt effective pedagogical techniques," she adds. "This support allows me to focus on the students."

Wachenheim joined NDSU in 1998. She regularly teaches courses in economics and agricultural sales and finance. She also conducts research on how knowledge and skills are exchanged in an educational context and is inspired to grow as a teacher from the literature she reads, experiences other teachers share, and workshops and seminars.

"I have the opportunity to work with the best and the brightest students who are motivated to learn and carry their knowledge and skills into the fields and firms," she says.

Wachenheim also has been a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard since 1998. Her current role is Equal Opportunity Program manager for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. She continued to engage with her students through online instruction during multiple deployments to Southeast Asia.

She earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota, and a master's degree and doctorate in agricultural economics and an MBA from Michigan State University.

"Dr. Wachenheim brings great passion to the classroom every day," says David Buchanan, associate dean for academic programs in NDSU's College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. "She also adds so much to the student experience because of her vast array of life experiences."

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