The Martin J. Neeb Teaching Excellence Award

Martin J. NeebThroughout his life, Dr. Martin J. Neeb was passionate about Lutheran higher education. Neeb was a beloved professor at Concordia University Texas from 1929-1945, at the time called Concordia College, Austin. He went on to be the first executive secretary for the Board for Higher Education of the Synod. He then founded the Concordia Senior College, with the goal of enhancing the Synod’s ministerial education program. Neeb became the college President in 1954. His dedication to ministry and higher education resulted in him being awarded two honorary doctorates from Concordia University Nebraska and Valparaiso University.

Dr. Neeb passed away in August of 1976 after Don Zielkebattling an illness. In light of his ministry and impact on Lutheran higher education, especially his impact on Concordia University Texas during his years of teaching, the Concordia Council voted to name (posthumously) Martin J. Neeb the recipient of the College’s Teaching Excellence award and then proposed the idea of awarding a faculty member with the Martin J. Neeb Teaching Excellence Award. The Neeb family was honored by the idea and agreed to add to the award funds from their family foundation. In 1989 the first Martin J. Neeb, Sr. Teaching Excellence Award was given to Dr. Laurence Meissner at the Spring Commencement. Since then, at each Spring Commencement, the honor has continued to be awarded to well-deserving faculty members of Concordia University Texas. The award includes a monetary gift as well as a version of the cruciform that proudly stands on Concordia’s campus. Jim McConnell

TLarry Meissnerhe recipients of this award are voted on by the senior class. The criteria for the award includes excellence in classroom instruction, preparation, educational innovation, student rapport, guidance and advisement of students, involvement and sponsoring of extracurricular activities and professional growth. Throughout the years, each recipient has been a beloved professor of students and their fellow faculty members. Concordia University Texas is honored to have this long lasting tradition and proud of their faculty members who continue to exemplify ministry and educational passion just like Dr. Neeb.

Martin J. Neeb Teaching Excellence Award Winners 

1989 Martin J. Neeb, Sr., posthumous
Laurence Meissner
2004

Leonard E. Stahlke

1990

Milton Riemer

2005

 Tom Hilgendorf

1991

Barbara Morton

2006

Laurence Meissner

1992

Donald Zielke

2007

 Claudia Teinert

1993

Leroy Tschatschula

2008

 Curtis Giese

1994

Leonard E. Stahlke

2009

 Carl Trovall

1995

Susan Stayton

2010

 Gertrude Keiper

1996

Hal Rutz

2011

 Debra Allen

1997

Robert Malzahn

2012

 Donna Janes

1998

Mike Middendorf

2013

 Abigail Pfiester

1999

John Frahm

2014

Laurence Meissner

2000

 Carl Trovall

2015

 Brent A. Burgess

2001

Paul Puffe

2016

 Erik Green

2002

 Beryl Dunsmoir

2017

 

Cari Chittick

 

2003

Jim McConnell 2018  Philip Schielke
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