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Mary H. Anderson Adjunct Faculty Award

Mary H. Anderson, was an adjunct faculty member at both Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University, where she taught private lessons and chamber music. She was the founder and director of the Delta Flute Choir formed in 1975. She expanded her activity in the performance area by playing with various chamber groups. She was a founding member of what is now known as the Valley Wind Quintet. In 1987 she was one of the founders of Flutee, a professional Quartet in Residence at Saginaw Valley State University. This ensemble performs many concerts throughout Michigan and is very active in presenting clinics and master classes in flute performance. She was an active member of the National Flute Association and had been invited, by audition, to perform at their conventions throughout the United States. Mary was involved with arts in the community through the Bay Arts Council for which she chaired the Lenten Artist Series and founded the Advent Organ Series in 1989.

To recognize Mary Anderson’s commitment to her professional area, to the betterment of the community in which she lived, and to the instruction of those who are interested in achieving their full potential, an award is has been established in her name to recognize outstanding adjunct faculty at Saginaw Valley State University.

Amount of Award: $1250

Eligibility/Selection Considerations

Teaching excellence is difficult to define but selection criteria may include such attributes as:

  1. Maintains high standards for academic achievement
  2. Possesses superior knowledge of the subject matter
  3. Displays sincerity and enthusiasm in teaching
  4. Is recognized for fairness and integrity
  5. Is well organized and makes clear presentations
  6. Motivates students to excel
  7. Prepares students academically in a first-rate manner
  8. Respects students’ opinions
  9. Relates classroom learning to real life situations
  10. Shows interest and is helpful in counseling and advising
  11. Participates in professional development activities as a means to enhance their teaching skills