Carroll University's Assistant Professor of Graphic Communication, Daniel Becker, received the 2014 Norman and Louise Allhiser Award for Teaching Excellence. A panel comprised of previous faculty award recipients recommended Becker. The Norman and Louise Allhiser Award for Teaching Excellence was established in 1986 to recognize exceptional instruction by a member of the Carroll University faculty.
In the words of his nominator, "Dan is a leader in the classroom. His students know that they and their ideas are valued and respected. Perhaps Dan's most significant strength... is his contagious enthusiasm for learning. He is a compelling instructor and utilizes class time effectively. His extensive preparation allows a class to begin effective communications immediately."
Dan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire; a secondary education certification from Lake Forest College; and a Master of Arts in New Media Studies from De Paul University. Since 2006, Dan has served as program director of the Graphics Communication (GRC) program. His initial charge was to reinvent what was then a small program of about 25 majors. Today, with close to 100 majors and 15 minors, GRC is the largest of our Humanities and Social Science programs. Dan is also a beloved and highly effective teacher who is consistently ranked high by students each semester.