TROY - Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska, associate professor in Troy University's Division of History and Philosophy, is the recipient of the University's 2017 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.
Gnoinska received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has "most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year." Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.
"The fact that I was nominated by students for the Ingalls Award, along with other deserving professors, was already an honor," Dr. Gnoinska said. "Receiving the Ingalls Award was truly humbling and one of the best days of my professional life as a university professor. My teaching philosophy has always been that, as professors, we have the responsibility to impart knowledge and skills, but also to inspire students to be intellectually curious, inquisitive, confident, tolerant and compassionate. If we can do all of this while also using a bit of humor, then I think we have succeeded as educators."
Gnoinska, who also serves as the president of the University's Faculty Senate, received her Ph.D. (2010) and master's (2002) degrees from George Washington University. She received her bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in 1994.
A member of the Troy University faculty since 2010, Gnoinska teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses, including world history, the Vietnam War, research and methodology, the Cold War, and Russian, European, Far East and East Asian history.
In addition to her service on the Faculty Senate, Gnoinska serves as advisor to the Japan Club, committee chair of the Honors Convocation, chair of the division's Website and Public Relations committee, and a member of the Student Affairs committee and the Undergraduate Academic Council. She received the TROY Athletics Appreciation Award in 2013.
Gnoinska has published two book chapters and numerous articles in academic journals, and has made presentations at conferences in the United States, Germany, England and China. She has served as a guest lecturer for the Alabama Humanities Foundation and East China Normal University.