Hatch Teaching Award

Recognizing a current faculty member for making a difference in their students’ lives.

Dr. Michelle Holschuh Simmons

2022 Award Recipient - Dr. Michelle Holschuh Simmons

Dr. Michelle Holschuh Simmons earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the College of St. Benedict (Minnesota) and a master of arts degree in teaching in English from Minnesota State University. After teaching high school English in Omaha, Nebraska, for a number of years, she undertook a master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Iowa. Thereafter, she started her collegiate career as the arts and humanities librarian at Cornell College, also a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. After completing her doctorate in the language, literacy and culture program at the University of Iowa, she combined all of her many skills into lecturing at both the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and San Jose State’s School of Information. In 2015, she was hired in Monmouth’s educational studies department.

Dr. Holschuh Simmons is routinely cited for both her rigor and her empathy, qualities which help her students succeed and model for them those attributes which will make their own students thrive. Moreover, as a longtime first-year experience teacher, a member of Faculty Senate, and coordinating adviser to our Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, she has found ways to influence the community well beyond her disciplinary bounds. She is a force on campus and her contributions to the lives of Monmouth students, and the College overall, are striking.

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