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Cumberlands Honors David Threlkeld for Teaching Excellence


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Thursday, April 18th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored Mr. David Threlkeld, Professor of Music, with the 2013 Teaching in Excellence Award at the 21st annual Faculty-Staff Dinner.

Each year, based on recommendations by students, faculty and staff members, UC honors one faculty member with the award.

Threlkeld is the Director of the UC Jazz Ensemble and is the University’s woodwind specialist.

When it comes to teaching, Threlkeld is not afraid to try something new to reach students. While he has been at UC for over 20 years his eagerness and love of bringing his discipline to life is clearly evident. He believes in requiring only the best from students. Threlkeld consistently models for his students a depth of knowledge that demonstrates expertise yet is done so in a quiet and humble manner.

To quote a student, “He is a one-of-a-kind teacher. He listens to his students and gets to know them not only as their teacher but also on a personal level. He is a joy to be around, and makes learning enjoyable.”

Threlkeld is an active recruiter for the Cumberlands reaching out into the local community as well as beyond the confines of our state to bring in diverse groups of students. He maintains leadership positions in state wide organizations that promote his discipline and brings to his own classes a willingness to learn as he invites experts in his field to his classroom.

A faculty member wrote, “David is an excellent performer, presenter and clinician. He is a highly committed Christian who is devoted to his family, his faith and to his Church.”

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.