Colleen Brickley (Business) received the Association of College Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Northeast Region Excellence in Teaching Award at a recent meeting of the association.
Colleen has taught economics at PSC for 10 years and at the University of Delaware for 14 years. Her teaching and research areas range from applied microeconomics and statistics to women and the economy.
She says, “Since the majority of the courses I teach have a large quantitative component, many students approach these courses with trepidation. I attempt to engage and capture these students at the very outset. My technique is to build a strong foundation, while making the connection between the economic content material and things with which the students are familiar.”
A colleague wrote, “You see, Colleen loves quantitative analysis! Her passion for demonstrating economic theory through mathematics, coupled with her ingenuity of simplifying that which appears difficult into graphs, allows students to achieve what they would not normally attempt. … Students believe she is leading them to success and they follow without hesitation.”
Outside the classroom, Colleen has served as director of graduate studies in business, responsible for both the academic and operational aspects of the program, while continuing to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
During her four years as director, she successfully established two new MBA sites and instituted several annual events to recognize graduate student accomplishments. She serves on numerous department and college-wide committees, is an active member of the Women’s Studies Council, and as PSC Advocate she works to sustain support for PSC within the state.
Locally, Colleen is treasurer of the Speare Memorial Hospital board of directors and a member of the executive, budget and finance and nominating committees. In 2002, she was appointed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen to serve a three-year term on the State of New Hampshire Equalization Standards Board. As a member of the Council of Friends of the New Hampshire Music Festival, Colleen has helped to bring music and cultural performances to the North Country.
Colleen’s commitment to teaching excellence has been recognized by honors and awards including the Business and Economics College Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Mortar Board Distinguished Educational Performance Award, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers designation and various nominations for distinguished teaching and graduate teaching awards.