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Dr. Laura Barthel Receives 2019 Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Laura Barthel and Dr. Jack Dyer

EKU's School of Business is pleased to announce the recipient of the Annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award. The recipient for 2018-19 is Dr. Laura Barthel, Assistant Professor of Accounting.

Nominations for the award were made by the Department Chairs in EKU's School of Business. Nominees were reviewed by a three-member Selection Committee based on evidence of excellent classroom instruction. They also considered factors such as peer review of instruction, student evaluations of teaching performance, curriculum development, teaching load, and innovative teaching methods.

Dr. Barthel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing Education and a Certificate in Accounting from Eastern Kentucky University; a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Kentucky; her CPA licensure; and most recently earned her doctorate in Accounting from Kennesaw State University, in Georgia. She has been a valuable asset to EKU’s School of Business since 2010, teaching several topics in both academic departments, including Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Introduction to Business.

Barthel devotes time to the success of students inside and outside of the classroom, as well as to the community. As part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service, she spent the spring semester working with students to provide free income tax preparation to the community. This is a valuable service to the community and a great opportunity for Accounting students to apply what they have learned in class. In addition, Barthel has advised over 15 teams of students in the Idea State U Entrepreneurship Competition and has played instrumental roles in developing new curriculum and programs, mentoring new faculty and advising students.

Barthel and her parents, Jack and Jerrilyn DyerThe award is particularly special to Barthel, who has interacted with Dr. Dyer on various occasions, as he was a professor to both of her parents at EKU. "The phrase my parents would consistently say: 'Dr. Dyer was our favorite professor,' followed by 'he was tough but we knew he cared.'" Barthel said. "He had a role in changing the lives of my parents and shaping who they became in their professional lives." She added that as a result of his role in the lives of her parents, Dyer also played a role in shaping her life as an Accountant (through her father, Wayne Vice) and a Teacher (mother, Dr. Janna Vice). "Receiving this award is an honor," she said, "because I have witnessed the impact he had on my parents and I hope to continue to strive for Dr. Dyer level of teaching excellence and continue his legacy of changing lives."   

This is not the first time Barthel has been recognized for her efforts. During her time at EKU, she has been recognized as a Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year, a First-Year Programs Teacher of the Year nominee, and a Distinguished Educational Leader for Exceptional Classroom Performance, among other nominations and accolades. 

The School of Business at EKU is proud to have quality professors such as Dr. Laura Barthel and is pleased to recognize her for her efforts. Barthel was formally recognized during the annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award Luncheon on August 17.

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Published on August 19, 2019

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