Described as “a professor who believes in students and pushes them to work hard,” Dr. Steve Huenneke was chosen by students at William Woods University as this year’s distinguished professor.
Huenneke, assistant professor of economics, received the Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching at the university’s academic honors convocation April 20.
The award carries an honorarium and is given annually to a faculty member who has displayed dedication to teaching. Recipients of the award are nominated and chosen by students.
One student commented that Huenneke “encourages students to challenge ideas and promotes an environment for student growth and development by setting the bar high for student expectations so that we get the most out of our education.”
Huenneke was praised as “an excellent educator who really focuses on making sure students understand the content and going above and beyond for students, often holding study sessions late into the evening.”
Another student noted Huenneke’s “deep love and passion” for all the subjects he teaches.
Before joining the WWU faculty in the fall of 2008, Huenneke was a business and economics instructor at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. Prior to that, he was an associate professor of economics for 16 years at Minot State University in Minot, N.D. He has 24 years of experience teaching economics to undergraduate students in Texas, Kansas and North Dakota.
Huenneke earned his Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, his Master of Science degree in economic education from North Texas State University and his Ph.D. in economics from Kansas State University.
His areas of expertise are regional economics, labor economics, community economic development, entrepreneurship, institutional (evolutionary) economics, ethics, economics and business and economic education.