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Cumberlands Honors Dr. Chris Leskiw for Excellence in Teaching


Williamsburg, Ky. -Each year, based on recommendations by students, faculty and staff members, University of the Cumberlands (UC) honors one faculty member with the Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is presented at the annual Faculty and Staff Dinner and the 2012 recipient of this prestigious award is Dr. Chris Leskiw, associate professor in the political science and history department.

By using various methods of teaching from lecture to engaging students in discussion and debates, Dr. Leskiw expands students’ minds to think more critically by looking at issues from different perspectives. Many times answering questions with more questions.

To quote one of his students, “Dr. Leskiw goes far beyond the call of teaching to be a role model and Christian leader to the students of the University of the Cumberlands and the Whitley County community.”

Along with teaching, Dr. Leskiw is active in several professional conferences, publishes articles and editorials, and chats with students about current events, and even blogs for the Campus Perspective.

As a Christian disciple in the community, he is a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, a Gideon, and a coach for Upward Basketball, along with being a dedicated husband and father. By using his carpentry skills, he shares his faith, impacting students and many area families with his commitment to Mountain Outreach.

A faculty member that works with Dr. Leskiw said, “My colleague is dedicated to quality education and devoted to God; by their example it makes me strive for the same pursuit.”

Over his years of teaching at UC Dr. Leskiw has received the William T. Miles Community Service Award, Honored Professor by the Student Government Association, Faculty Excellence Award, and is a Kentucky Colonel.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.