HIGH POINT, N.C., May 13, 2014 – Dr. Judy Isaksen, associate professor of communication at High Point University, received the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching-Service Award during the 2014 commencement ceremony for her contributions to HPU.
Every year since 1973, HPU has recognized a faculty member for excellence in teaching with the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching-Service Award based on nominations from students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Isaksen came to HPU in 2004 with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of South Florida. She teaches courses on media, popular culture, hip-hop culture, race studies and women’s and gender studies.
“She is a popular instructor who interacts regularly and deeply with all students,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost. “Everyone respects Judy Isaksen.”
“I’m honored, humbled and very happy to have received this award,” Isaksen says. “Working with students is the most important and satisfying part of my work life, so to be recognized for excellence in this area is truly gratifying. But I must say that my incredible students have also earned this award as well – we all engage in this enterprise of learning and discovery together!”
Isaksen’s recent publications include “Radio’s Early Culture: Racial Theorizing from the Ether to the ‘Other,’” “Girls Talking Back,” and “Obama’s Rhetorical Shift: Insights for Communication Studies.”
As one of her student letters of nomination stated, “Dr. Isaksen has been one of the best teachers I’ve had in my academic career, and one of the most challenging. She challenges all her students to think critically in and out of the classroom, and makes learning new material enjoyable.”