ST. PAUL (Oct. 11, 2012) — Maythee Kantar, Minneapolis, has been selected 2011–2012 recipient of Metropolitan State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the university’s top teaching honor.
“I am honored to be selected,” said Kantar, a professor in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. “I learn so much from so many wonderful teachers at Metropolitan State that this is kind of an award that we all share together.”
Kantar joined Metropolitan State as a resident faculty member in 1987. She has taught more than 15 different classes, three of which she converted to online courses.
“I love teaching our students,” said Kantar. “I enjoy the age range and the different backgrounds and experiences they bring to the classroom. When you work with students, it’s about exploration and discovery and doing that together.”
She previously chaired the university’s Department of Communication, Writing and the Arts and the Media and Fine Arts Department. Kantar, who has won the university’s top advising honors—the Excellence in Advising Award and the Outstanding Advisor Award — also chairs the Outstanding Advisor Awards Committee.
Kantar coordinates Metropolitan State’s Fulbright fellowship program and has helped 10 faculty members win Fulbright fellowships. She was president of the university’s faculty union and has served on dozens of Metropolitan State committees, chairing several.
She is active in supporting the community both professionally and personally. Kantar incorporates service learning in her classes and has received the university’s President’s Circle of Engagement Award for Service Learning.
For 25-plus years, Kantar has won grants valued at tens of thousands of dollars, some of them for Project SHINE (Students Helping in Naturalizing Elders), a signature community-engagement program at Metropolitan State. Another example of her community involvement: She is president of the Kerlan Friends Board of Directors at the University of Minnesota Children’s Literature Research Collection.
Kantar’s career has long had an international flavoring. For instance, she won a faculty enrichment grant to integrate Canadian studies into her “Children and the Media” classes. And Kantar, whose parents were professors who did research overseas, has made numerous international academic presentations and researched and consulted in foreign countries.
She has a B.A. in speech communication, an M.A. in elementary education that focused on children’s literature and broadcasting and a Ph.D. in education all from the University of Minnesota.
Kantar is married and has three adult children.
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is America’s premier university for lifelong learning, providing unsurpassed, competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels while maintaining affordability.