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Manchester University honors faculty for teaching, service, scholarship

Manchester University faculty at the North Manchester campus have honored three of their colleagues for distinguished teaching, scholarship and service.

  • 2017 Teacher of the Year: Jeff Beer, associate professor of exercise science and athletic training
  • 2017 Excellence in Service: Kim Duchane, professor of exercise science and athletic training
  • 2017 Outstanding Scholar: Young Lee, associate professor of mathematics and computer science

Beer chairs the Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training and is program director of the undergraduate athletic training curriculum.

He teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs while working on his own doctorate. Beer serves as an internship teaching advisor. Always looking for ways to aid student learning, he integrates the use of the iPad with 3D imaging, among other methods.

DuchaneThe Excellence in Service award is given to a faculty member who makes a significant contribution to the campus or community.

Duchane is the program director for health and physical education teacher education, preparing them to be teachers of ability and conviction. This year, Duchane and his students contributed more than 2,100 hours of service to the campus, community and their profession.
He is known for effectively collaborating with faculty and community agencies to integrate service learning into the curriculum.

His service initiatives for the year included hosting monthly meetings of the area American Cancer Society as a member of its executive leadership team; chairing the Survivor Committee for the local Relay for Life of Wabash County; and transforming the physical education teaching laboratories to provide service-learning experience for his students and underserved youth. He served a principal role on the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics of Wabash County, collaborated with the MU Wellness Committee, actively engaged with the MU Gerontology Council and led the Midwest District of the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Lee-YoungThe Outstanding Scholar award is given to a faculty member who has achieved a substantial accomplishment in their field.

Over the past 10 years, Lee has averaged one article per year published in a refereed journal. In 2016 alone, she published one article and submitted two for publication. Also in 2016, Young refereed four scholarly articles.

Her focus has been on using differential equations to model various societal phenomena through applying epidemiological models to study the spread of various behaviors such as the South Korean beef protests, deliberate self-harm, gambling and Ebola virus.

The Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee selects the winners. Each recipient receives $1,500.   

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. It has students from 20 nations and is home to the world's first undergraduate peace studies program, established in 1948. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

July 2017