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Wingard honored with S.E. Kossman Outstanding Teacher Award

Pictured (left to right): Provost Dr. Charles McAdams, Dr. Clifton Wingard, President William N. LaForge.


Longtime Delta State professor Dr. Clifton Wingard was awarded with the S.E. Kossman Outstanding Teacher Award at commencement ceremonies May 5.

Each year, Delta State recognizes a top faculty member with the Kossman Award based on exceptional achievement demonstrated over time at the university.

Achievement is measured in the areas of:

– Effectiveness as a teacher
– Ability to motivate students
– Good relationship with students in and out of the classroom
– Mentor and advisor to students
– Utilizes creativity and innovation in teaching
– Positive attitude toward teaching and toward students
– Evidence of scholarship and service that support good teaching

Wingard began teaching at Delta State in 1996 and recently announced his resignation from the school. Upon the retirement of Dr. Rose Strahan in 2009, Wingard took over as chair of the Department of Mathematics.

“I am honored to be named the recipient of the 2018 Kossman Award,” said Wingard. “Delta State University has a reputation of excellent teaching, and to be placed in the category of outstanding teachers at Delta State who have preceded me, is a high commendation that is both humbling and inspiring.”

Wingard said Delta State has been a wonderful place to work during his tenure.

“Working together with other faculty and staff to educate our students, and to prepare them for careers, has been one of the best parts of the job. Spending time with the students in the classroom during their years at DSU, and then hearing of their successes in their fields of work after they have left our campus, have provided the greatest rewards of teaching.”

He received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Belhaven University, and his Master of Science in mathematics and Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.

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