Engstrom Presented Wiesenberger Award for Excellence in Teaching
August 28, 2014
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University and the Kutztown University Alumni Association honored Associate Professor of Sport Management and Leadership Studies, Dr. Lorri Engstrom, with The Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. KU acting president Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto and Alumni Engagement director, Alex Ogeka, presented Engstrom with the award during the Opening Day Gathering on Aug. 22.
The award, which includes a prize of $2,000 and a plaque, is granted annually to a faculty member who demonstrates distinguished achievement in teaching, academic excellence, research, publication and curriculum development.
Engstrom, who has been chair of the Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies since 2011, has presented her research on leadership at both national and regional conferences, and published articles on both physical fitness and pedagogy with several peer-reviewed journals. However, above all of her achievements, the thing she is most passionate about is helping students succeed.
"As a professor, I believe that you can personally impact students beyond the classroom, to encourage them in whatever way they need," she revealed. "Those are some of my most rewarding moments. If a student has a personal health issue, or something else they want to talk about, and you can give them the resources they need, it's extremely gratifying. I also aim to incorporate experiential learning within the classroom. My favorite motto is 'teaching is not telling and listening is not learning,' and I try to embody that in all that I do."
In addition to her scholarly accomplishments, Engstrom avidly pursues opportunities for service. For the College of Business, she is a member of the Executive Committee; Curriculum Committee; and Strategic Committee. Within her own department, she currently serves on the Curriculum Committee; Celebrating Outstanding Student Achievement (COSA) Committee; Health Promotion and Fitness Management Committee; and Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Committee. Engstrom is also responsible for developing several courses within her department, including Methods of Group Fitness Instruction and Leadership and Team Building in Sport.
"One of my favorite courses to teach is Methods of Group Fitness Instruction," she said. "I get to help my students become better teachers in the fitness industry and better motivators for future clients. I love helping students gain the practical knowledge and information they need to be successful within the sport management and leadership industry. When I feel my students are prepared professionally, to go in the field, it's very fulfilling."