LC-N's Christene Winkler receives national award for teaching in ABE
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[June 15, 2012]
Dr. Christene "Chris" Winkler, who serves as division chair of
business programs at Lincoln College-Normal, has been recognized by
the Commission on Accelerated Programs with the 2012 Excellence in
Teaching Award for her teaching and dedication to students in LC-N's
Accelerated Bridge to Education program, known as ABE.
The Commission on Accelerated Programs serves as an advocate for
accelerated and alternative formats to education and exists to
provide access to higher learning to underserved learner
populations, in particular working adults.
As one of two recipients of this national award, Winkler will
attend the commission's annual conference in August at Metropolitan
State University of Denver. The award will be presented to her on
Aug. 3 and she will participate as a panelist during the
conference's session "Best Practices in Teaching Accelerated
Since her arrival at Lincoln College-Normal in 2003, Winkler has
been the anchor of the business program in both the traditional and
nontraditional programs. The ABE program began at Lincoln
College-Normal in October 2007, and Winkler began her work with the
accelerated adult students in June 2008. As a result of her positive
experience in teaching in the accelerated format and with the adult
students, she became the lead faculty for the ABE program in August
2009 and then became division chair of business programs in August
"Colleagues and students of Dr. Winkler agree that she is known
on campus for her rigor. Additionally, she is committed to the idea
that students return value to the organizations that sent them for
further academic and professional development," said Dr. Gigi
Fansler, Lincoln College's vice president for academic affairs. "She
focuses on developing students to be critical thinkers in order to
drive their organizations to new heights in a fast-changing world.
She provides honest and constructive feedback to her students in the
spirit of coaching them to welcome constant opportunities to improve
and self-evaluate. Many of her former students regard her as a key
person on their road to academic and professional success."
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In March 2011, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business
Education awarded certificates of first-time accreditation to
Department of Business at Lincoln College-Normal. Winkler was a
driving force in the college's attainment of the IACBE
accreditation, which recognizes excellence in business education for
student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.
Winkler received her Ph.D. in management in 1997 from the
University of Missouri-Columbia and her MBA from Western Illinois
University in 1988.
For more information on the Commission on Accelerated Programs,
http://www.capnetwork.org/. For information on the ABE program,
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