NMSU’s Elise “Pookie” Sautter is New Mexico Professor of the Year

Nov. 17, 2005 by Jeany Llorente-Ontiveros NMSU News Center

Elise Pookie Sautter, a professor of marketing at New Mexico State University, is the 2005 New Mexico Professor of the Year. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Elise Pookie Sautter, a professor of marketing at New Mexico State University, is the 2005 New Mexico Professor of the Year. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Elise “Pookie” Sautter, a professor of marketing at New Mexico State University, has been selected as the 2005 New Mexico Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The award was announced today (Thursday, Nov. 17) in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country – those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring professors.

To win professor of the year was a surprise to Sautter, but finding out what her colleagues and former students thought about her and her work was “the bonus, the icing on the cake,” she said.

The award process requires letters of support from students and/or faculty.

“Unmistakably Pookie,” one former student wrote of Sautter’s classroom environment. “It encourages you to reach beyond the status quo, be creative, take a few gambles and walk away a better person for having learned from your success or lack thereof.”

“Dr. Sautter is dedicated to undergraduate teaching and the personal and professional development of our students, and her success serves as a constant source of praise, pride and acclaim,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of the College of Business. “She constantly seeks new ways to spark greater student enthusiasm for the learning process, and is never afraid to take personal risks when attempting to gain quality undergraduate student learning.”

Sautter often experiments with different learning technologies to help instructors and students find more efficient and effective ways in achieving desired learning outcomes.

“Innovation and learning technologies provide the fountain of youth for learning because innovation can rejuvenate and sustain enthusiasm in the learning environment,” Sautter said.

“It keeps things interesting not only for me but for the students as well,” she said. “They like to see the classroom environment change, they know the world is that way and so they think that should be happening in their classrooms as well.”

Sautter, a native of Tampa, Fla., received her Ph.D in business administration from Florida State University.

Her numerous awards include the Great Teacher in Marketing award by the Society for Marketing Advances; the Westhafer Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest recognition NMSU gives its faculty, and the Roush Award, given to one instructor from each NMSU college based on feedback provided in NMSU student exit interviews. Twice she received the College of Business Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

In addition, Sautter has served as a faculty adviser for several groups on campus, including 15 years with NMSU’s student chapter of the American Marketing Association. She has served on the national advisory board for the marketing association’s Collegiate Chapters Division, chairperson for the National Marketing CLEP Test Development Committee and on the editorial review boards of three marketing pedagogy journals. She is the editor of Marketing Education Review.

This is the fifth time an NMSU professor has received the New Mexico Professor of the Year Award. The late Ricardo Aguilar-Melantzon, a professor of Spanish, was honored in 2003; Sherry K. Mills, associate professor of accounting, was honored in 2002; G. Larry Mays, a professor of criminal justice, was honored in 1997; and Wenda Trevathan, professor of anthropology, was honored in 1994.

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