Trustees name Sue Mota Distinguished Teaching Professor

In recognition of her commitment to teaching and scholarship, the Board of Trustees on June 22 designated Sue Mota, legal studies, a Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Sue Mota

According to the review committee, the title is given to “select members of the faculty holding the rank of professor whose extraordinary achievements as effective teachers over an extended period of time deserve special recognition.”

Since beginning her teaching career at BGSU in 1984, Mota has taught undergraduate students, full-time graduate students and working, part-time graduate students as well as executive graduate students. “To effectively teach each of these groups, very different teaching styles must be employed,” said Dr. Rodney Rogers, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Dr. Mota has consistently had great success teaching each of these groups. This is a testament to her outstanding teaching ability as well as her commitment to designing, preparing and delivering a course that meets the needs and expectations of her students.”

Dr. Brent Nicholson, her long-time colleague and, for the last four years, chair of the legal studies department, said, “She is innovative, current, adaptive and extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the areas she teaches. She was among the first to incorporate technology into the classroom but has not let it override the need for personal, hands-on instruction. … She has never lost sight of the fact that teaching is a person-to-person endeavor.”

After 20 years, “her enthusiasm for teaching and her material is exemplary,” Nicholson said.

Mota also understands that advising is an important part of education. She has been an outstanding advisor to business pre-law students, staying current with the latest thinking and literature on the subject and helping them navigate the sometimes difficult path to law school, Nicholson noted.

Mota’s commitment to her students has been recognized with several previous awards. She received the Faculty Excellence Award in 1985 and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award in 2005, and has been nominated for the Master Teacher Award.

Mota is extremely focused on the quality and rigor of students’ academic experience, Rogers said, and has been closely involved with curriculum design and reform within her department and in the college. Notably, she chaired and oversaw the revamping of the college’s required business communications course several years ago.

In addition, noted the review committee, “the enthusiasm that Mota displays in the classroom has carried over to her service efforts.” She spearheaded the most recent BGSU self-study of the athletics department for NCAA recertification, and it was in large measure the result of her “flawless orchestration and oversight that this process resulted in successful recertification,” the committee wrote. In 2006, she was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the athletics department. The business college also named her co-recipient of its Service Award in 2001.

A lifelong learner, Mota has published 26 articles over the last five years, part of a continuous publication record that extends back to 1985, the committee added. She was the co-recipient of the Robert Patton Scholarly Achievement Award in 2004.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU in 1979 and 1980, respectively, and then earned her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1983.

June 25, 2007