A new Exemplary Leadership Award given by The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning honors late Black Hills State University faculty member Stewart Bellman, who passed away five years ago.

Bellman was a dedicated professor who worked to continually improve teaching and learning. He served as a member of the collaboration and held several executive positions on its board, including chair and vice chair. The Exemplary Leadership Award seeks to honor those collaboration members who uphold Bellman’s commitment to improving college education. Any participating member or group can be nominated to receive the award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize.

More than a professor, Bellman was also the faculty development coordinator at BHSU, encouraging faculty members at BHSU and other South Dakota universities to continually work on improving the education of their students.

Bellman was a fixture on the BHSU campus during his 30 years as a professor of English. From 1966 to 1996, Bellman was a champion of both students and faculty, and he worked tirelessly for the advancement of both. He served as president of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, chaired the South Dakota Humanities Council, and founded the Dakota Writing Project. He also served as faculty advisor to the Green Bowl Review, a juried publication distributed each spring by the BHSU English Department.

Information about the Exemplary Leadership Award can be found at http://www.collab.org/.