Faculty awarded 2021 Mangan Awards

Sue Burrack, assistant professor of education, and Susan Massey, assistant professor of education/Master of Education program director, have been awarded Upper Iowa University’s 2021 Mangan Teaching awards. Established in 2019 by Roger ’62 and Alice ’61 (Delong) Mangan, the awards represent UIU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and are annually presented to one rising junior faculty member and one senior faculty member.

Doug Binsfeld, Upper Iowa University vice president for academic and student affairs, recently presented the Mangan Award to Sue Burrack (left), assistant professor of education, and Susan Massey, assistant professor of education/Master of Education program director.

Burrack, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Iowa State University, has served at UIU since 2012. She also earned a Master of Arts degree, multi-occupations and reading endorsements, and bachelor’s degree at University of Northern Iowa. Prior to her employment at UIU, Burrack worked as a principal, secondary teacher, at-risk coordinator and school improvement coordinator in K-12 public schools for 32 years.

Prior to her employment at UIU in 2018, Massey served as a clinical assistant professor, assistant/associate professor, research and adjunct faculty member in higher education institutions. She also had various experiences teaching in elementary classrooms and serving as a reading specialist. Massey earned a doctorate in reading education at University of Virginia, a master’s degree at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree at University of Illinois.

The Mangans provided the initial gift for the establishment of the Excellence in Teaching Award. The UIU Faculty Development and Welfare Committee accept the award nominations/applications. The recipients receive a financial stipend and a commemorative plaque for their exemplary teaching. In addition, a larger wall-mounted plaque featuring the names of these and future honorees has been placed in the Student Center at UIU’s Fayette Campus.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Roger Mangan graduated from UIU in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in history with minors in political science and French. A four-time Peacock wrestling letter winner and 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, he won Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships at 147 pounds in 1959 and 1960.

Alice (DeLong) Mangan followed in the footsteps of her mother and aunt and four uncles who also graduated from Upper Iowa with degrees in education.  A Maynard, Iowa, native, Alice helped organize UIU’s first drill team before earning a physical education degree in 1961.

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