Friends University recently honored two faculty members for their hard work and dedication to the University and its students. Nicole Pendleton, assistant professor of accounting, received the W.A. Young Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Bassam Jaradat, adjunct faculty in the Department of Business, Technology and Leadership, was awarded the Jan LaFever Award for Adjunct Teaching.
Pendleton has been on the Friends University faculty for seven years and is a native Kansan. During the award presentation ceremony, Dr. T.J. Arant, president of the University, noted that “it’s not unusual for Nicole to be texting, emailing, calling or stopping one of her students in the hallway just to check in on them.”
One student who nominated Pendleton said “Friends professors treat students better than any other school I’ve attended, and they focus on creating real relationships with students. Pendleton is a perfect example of this kind of professor.”
Another student said Pendleton “somehow makes accounting fun because she’s so excited about balance sheet and check figures that I get excited, too.”
Pendleton received a cash award of $1,000, and will have her name inscribed on the permanent list of award winners that is displayed in the Davis Administration Building.
Jaradat has been associated with the University for more than 10 years, and has been teaching for five, specializing in business-related disciplines.
As a Friends University alumnus, Jaradat cares deeply about student success. “His class wasn’t just about the book. It was about life experience and making learning meaningful,” said one student who nominated Jadarat for the award.
Another student commented that “Bassam teaches in such a way that makes every person responsible for their share of the learning, and that makes students – at least me – want to learn much more.”
Jaradat received a cash award of $500, and his name will be inscribed on a plaque to be displayed in the Davis Administration Building.