Gubbels Named 2016-17 Faculty Recognition Award Recipient

Dr. Jennifer Gubbels is the 2016-17 ASA Faculty Recognition Award recipient.

Students surrounded Dr. Jennifer Gubbels after she received the ASA Faculty Recognition Award during her class on Tuesday. 

Dr. Jennifer Gubbels, associate professor of biology, is the recipient of the 2016-17 Augustana Student Association Faculty Recognition Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana community by a faculty member.

Students nominate professors they feel display one or more of the five core values of the University (Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community, Service) as well as how those faculty members have positively impacted their experiences at Augustana.

Following are excerpts from Dr. Gubbels’ nominations:

“I can speak to the integrity of Dr. Gubbels both inside and outside the classroom. As a professor, she brings humor and wonder into every lecture. Her ‘real life examples’ engage the students in a way that challenges them to think critically and apply knowledge in a variety of capacities. Dr. Gubbels is the type of professor who makes you actually enjoy coming to class, even when you're having a bad day or you just want to stay home," one student nominator wrote. 

"In FSC 114, she taught me about human physiology. In her office, woven throughout course schedules and added minors, she has taught me how to live as a compassionate human being." 

"I regard Dr. Gubbels as an educator, mentor and dear friend whom I hope to keep in contact with following graduation. She has been an instrumental piece of my Augustana experience and I know of no one more deserving than she for this year's Faculty Recognition Award,” the student continued.

“Dr. Gubbels’ real impact is seen when students are challenged with various topics, as she is patient and thorough in helping students better learn and understand the material. In addition to helping students outside of class, Dr. Gubbels is very personable and is willing to just chat with students out of genuine interest,” another student wrote.

“I am incredibly thankful to have Dr. Gubbels as my academic advisor and friend. From the very beginning of my time here at Augie, she has been a support and guide when I didn't know where my life was leading me. I cannot count how many times I've walked into her office panicking about one thing or another. She listens to my concerns and feelings and helps me make the right decision. Dr. Gubbels was supportive of me when I decided to completely change my career path junior year and she helped facilitate the change. I am grateful to Augustana for hiring a wonderful professor and advisor, and I am even more grateful for Dr. Gubbels for helping me be the best student and scholar that I can be,” another student nominator wrote.

"She challenges students, while holding extra office hours for students to come ask questions. Many times when I've gone in to ask questions about an upcoming exam, Dr. Gubbels will take the time to ask me how the class is going, and we will talk about future career plans. She encourages students with her kind and approachable personality, and has truly inspired me to consider teaching at a university," a student wrote. 

Gubbels specializes in physiology and cancer immunology. She teaches “Introductory Biology,” “Human Physiology,” “General Physiology,” and “Immunology.” Her research focuses on mechanisms of metastasis and immune escape in epithelial ovarian cancer. Gubbels received her bachelor’s degree in biological research from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and her Ph.D. in endocrinology and reproductive physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Faculty Recognition Award recipients are also invited to give a "Last Lecture" at the Senior Celebration, this year set for Friday, May 19, at the Sioux Falls Arena, as part of Commencement.


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Kelly Sprecher
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