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Cruver Honored With SCICU 'Excellence In Teaching' Award

Tigerville, SC (January 8, 2021) North Greenville University (NGU) honors Dr. Melissa L. Cruver, chair of the Early Childhood Education Department and associate professor of education, as its 2019 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching award recipient.

Each year, SCICU recognizes and celebrates the best of the best with its Excellence in Teaching Awards. According to rigorous guidelines, a faculty member from each of SCICU's twenty member institutions is nominated for the award. Each year award recipients are honored at a special dinner in April and awarded a $3,000 professional development grant.

2020 marks the 15th year that SCICU has honored leading faculty members at its twenty member colleges and universities. This group of teacher-scholars represents many different academic disciplines and brings a rich diversity of education, experience, and interests to our campuses.

Cruver has served on the North Greenville faculty for thirteen years. She holds an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Bob Jones University. She also earned an M.A. in Reading Instruction from fellow SCICU member institution Furman University and a B.S. in elementary education from Bob Jones University.

She teaches education courses at all levels, including introductory courses, Read to Succeed courses, methods courses, and adult education courses. She mentors teacher candidates in their field experiences and student teaching placements and works one-on-one to establish high expectations and promote growth toward teaching success. Cruverís quality of instruction is a contributing factor to the exemplary results NGUís College of Education graduates have achieved over the years with over 65 graduates being recognized as Teacher of the Year.

As NGU's Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Coordinator, Cruver coordinates and oversees accreditation compliance and reporting measures. She also serves on university committees and is the liaison for the COE library holdings and webpage updates.

She is the secretary of NGU's Beta Kappa, a local chapter of the women educators' honor society Delta Kappa Gamma International. As a member of the North Greenville Speakers' Bureau, she recently presented "Success in the Trauma-Informed Classroom."

Cruver's passion for young people extends beyond the classroom. She ministers with her husband as a mentor for the youth and college students in her local church. As a teacher, she desires to share her passion for God and for teaching with her students so that they will flourish as they go out to make a difference in their future classrooms.

To learn more about NGUís College of Education and its degree offerings, visit NGU.edu/college-of-education.

Photo: From left: Dean of the College of Education Dr. Constance Wright, Dr. Melissa Cruver, Provost and Dean of the University Faculty Dr. Nathan A. Finn. 

Information for this release provided by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU).



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