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Sauer honored with Commerce Bank teaching award

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

sauer 150Kevin Sauer is one of four Kansas State University faculty members being recognized for exceptional teaching with the Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Sauer is an assistant professor of hospitality management and dietetics in the College of Human Ecology. Other recipients are Debra Andres, instructor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education; Laura Kanost, assistant professor of modern languages in the College of Arts and Sciences; and David Nichols, professor of animal sciences and industry in the College of Agriculture.

Sauer received his bachelor's degree in dietetics, master's degree in food service management-administrative and dietetics, and doctoral degree in human ecology from Kansas State University. He joined the K-State faculty in 2004 as an instructor and was promoted to assistant professor in 2009. In addition to his teaching and research, he advises about 50 students every semester. He has received the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Kansas Dietetic Association and the Joan Coleman Faculty Excellence Award from the hospitality management and dietetics department.

"I more than enjoy teaching. I love it," Sauer said. "Honestly, I've found the hidden gem of opportunities in the dietetics profession -- teaching. To have the opportunity to impact a student's professional future is very special for me. I get excited about each and every lecture, and I hope it shows. I believe that teaching is reciprocal in the sense that the students and I 'own' our classes and class time, and we make class-related decisions together. This seems to encourage exploration and critical thinking the most."

Sponsored by the William T. Kemper Foundation and the Commerce Bancshares Foundation and coordinated through the Kansas State University Foundation, the awards include a $2,500 honorarium.

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This article was posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.