The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce surprises Dr. Jill Nustad with the announcement of her achievement and presents her with gifts and a crystal award.

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce surprises Dr. Jill Nustad with the announcement of her achievement and presents her with gifts and a crystal award.

BISMARCK, ND — The Business Education Partnership Committee of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that University of Mary Exercise Science Chair and Associate Professor, Dr. Jill Nustad, is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Higher Education award. The Chamber’s commitment to excellence in education can be clearly identified through its ongoing effort to identify and honor educators from the Bismarck-Mandan education institutions.

Nustad founded the Exercise Science program at the University of Mary in 2000, and continues to serve as program director, chair and director of the Exercise Physiology program. She majored in Biology and Health with a minor in Physical Education from Valley City State University; earned a master’s of science in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University and a doctorate of science in Health Promotion and Wellness from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Dr. Nustad poses for a photo with her husband Scott and daughter Mara after receiving the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Higher Education award from the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Nustad poses for a photo with her husband Scott and daughter Mara after receiving the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Higher Education award from the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce

“An example of her outstanding teaching lies within the awards that her students have received,” explained Dr. Jodi Roller, dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Mary. “For the past two years, her students have won the regional competition of the American Academy of Sports Medicine College Bowl that consists of competition from several other colleges and universities. A year prior to that, they earned second place. Also just two weeks ago, one of her students’ research project was named in the top five, again in the eight state regional competition and will be presented at the national conference in Boston. This was a project, directed by Dr. Nustad, which entailed weeks of arriving on campus before 5 a.m. to collect data. Dr. Nustad was there every time. Such dedication is rare among faculty and is only one of the examples of her qualifications to become the Chamber’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Higher Education recipient.”

THE OUTSTANDING TEACHER OF THE YEAR was designed to honor an outstanding educator in Higher Education. Criteria considered when selecting the recipient are:

1) They must have been employed with their present institution for the past three years

2) Their achievements, accomplishments and awards in their field of education

3) Contributions made within their profession, and

4) Community involvement

The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award is an annual award. Each year, community members nominate a teacher who has positively affected their life, or the lives of others, to receive the top honor in three categories – elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.