About the Award
The Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award recognizes excellence in contributing directly and indirectly to student learning through teaching, research, and creative activities; advising; academic program development; and educational leadership.
Sheryl Breen received this award at the Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony on April 17, 2018.
Each year, the Alumni Association is proud to join the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in supporting the Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize the outstanding work of U of M educators. Recipients of the awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
About Sheryl Breen
- Professor of Political Science
- Division of Social Sciences
- University of Minnesota Morris
A professor on the move, Sheryl Breen has created two study-abroad courses: one in Egypt and one in Cuba that starts in 2019. As UMM’s coordinator for study abroad, she helps other faculty do likewise “with rigor as well as student engagement,” according to a colleague.
Breen also established UMM’s annual fall student-faculty pilgrimage to the Land Institute’s Prairie Festival in Salinas, Kansas to learn about environmentally friendly agricultural practices, and helped create the Environmental Studies program and major.
“Sheri was instrumental in helping my academic roots take hold,” says a student veteran of the Prairie Festival. “I left her classes feeling energized. Her lectures often made their way into conversations among my student colleagues outside of class.”
Breen’s courses cover environmental political theory and Islamic, Indian, Indigenous, and Confucian political thought. She has supervised the capstone research seminar for political science majors and continually exposes her students to non-Western political thought by, for example, having them interview international students, delve into the work of Muslim scholars, and perform historical role-playing exercises. The result: Students get excited about political theory.
“I’ve learned from Dr. Breen how to be not only a better student in political science, but a better researcher and a better writer,” says a former student.
“After their graduation, political science majors have told me that despite the pressures of the capstone course, they remember my high expectations with great appreciation. I can imagine no better compliment.”
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