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Utah State Alum Receives Carnegie Teaching Award for North Dakota

Utah State University graduate Lorraine J. Willoughby was named North Dakota’s Professor of the Year in 2002 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Willoughby received a doctorate in education in 1997 with an emphasis in business information systems. She currently teaches business information technology at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota.

The Carnegie Award honors professors who have an extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching. Willoughby said she enjoys teaching undergraduates because they have a fresh perspective on life and are willing to try new approaches to learning. She uses face-to face and online learning components in all of her classes, providing her students the flexibility to learn in either environment and work around their busy schedules.

"Business information technology is a constantly changing field requiring me to learn something new all the time," said Willoughby. "With technology becoming obsolete every 18 months, it requires a continued learning adventure for me. I have not reached a point where the material is 'old hat' or boring."

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