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Cumberlands Honors Professor for Teaching Excellence


Dr. Anita Bowman received the 2011 Excellence in Teaching award at the annual Faculty and Staff Dinner at UC on April 15th.

Williamsburg, Ky - Each year, based on recommendations by students, faculty and staff members, University of the Cumberlands honors one faculty member with the Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is presented at the annual Faculty and Staff Dinner, and the 2011 recipient of this prestigious award is Dr. Anita Bowman, assistant professor of the exercise and sport science department.

Dr. Bowman received this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award for her innovative teaching methods, strong work ethic, and for possessing a true servant’s heart. Bowman challenges her students to go beyond theory and requires them to develop projects that are infused with skills that will serve them well in the workplace.

Dr. Bowman strives for her students to succeed and aggressively works with them to overcome obstacles that might prevent them from achieving expectations. One of her students had this to say concerning her service: “Since she has a true servant’s heart, part of our insights class was spent on service and providing the students with a myriad of different ways to give back to the community in various capacities. She truly makes a mission out of working with the students in her classroom and as a future educator I am proud to have witnessed her actions and caring nature.”

She also lends her services to all facets of the University by helping faculty in other departments to integrate her discipline into their courses. Additionally, she worked tirelessly with faculty from the education department in anticipation of the recent Education Department state accreditation visit. Not only did she prepare materials for the visit, but she participated in interviews during the visit.

Among her many roles as servant, she has volunteered with Mountain Outreach, Christmas Gift Day for deserving children in the area, Dare to Compare, and she teaches classes at First Baptist Church.

Bowman’s work has improved the lives of community members through her charitable works, whittled down the waist lines of several UC members through her innovative health projects, and improved the lives of students by modeling true professionalism and service to others.