Winter 2019 McKendree Magazine

Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Brian Frederking ’90A dedicated and rigorous instructor who molds his students into complex thinkers is McKendree’s 2018 recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Brian Frederking ’90, professor of political science, was among 100 St. Louis educators honored for their outstanding contribution to the teaching profession and to their students.

An expert on the United Nations Security Council and global governance and security, he is an accomplished scholar who has published four books to date and numerous articles, often in collaboration with his students.

“He has a knack for identifying nascent scholars and mentoring them through the research process,” said Dr. Alan Alewine, associate dean for curriculum. “Students respect him immensely. He is well known as a successful mentor to political science majors who wish to attend graduate school. He takes very seriously his obligation to nurture students in their growth as responsible citizens.”

Other McKendree graduates who received 2018 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards are:

  • Gregory Hobbs ’08, a first-grade teacher at Kreitner Elementary School in Collinsville, Ill.

  • Amy (Klamberg) Simon ’04, M.A.Ed. ’08, a special education intermediate teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Shiloh, Ill.

  • Christiane (Lutz) Zeller ’07, a fifth-grade teacher at Grantfork Elementary School in Grantfork, Ill.