Assistant Professor of Spanish Nicholas Kaplan of Adrian, Mich., earned the Eileen K. Rice Award for Outstanding Teaching from Siena Heights University.
Kaplan was awarded the honor at SHU’s annual spring Honors Convocation ceremony April 29.
Kaplan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and Spanish from Siena Heights University in 2003 and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish: Linguistics and Literature from Bowling Green State University in 2006. He has taught at Spanish at SHU since 2006 and is the Spanish program coordinator and director of the Mexico Experience program, which sends students abroad to Mexico for studies.
While at SHU, Kaplan has guided the Spanish program through the Michigan Department of Education review for the preparation of teacher education students. Kaplan has served on a number of committees at SHU, including the Teacher Education subcommittee, Academic Computing Group, and The Faculty Assembly. He also served as advisor to the Student Senate and received the 2011 student organization Advisor of the Year Award.
According to one of his students, “Nick brings Siena out to the world and the world to Siena through his innovative use of technology and his intrepid travels.”
Kaplan hopes to continue to expand the Spanish department and increase enrollment in the Mexico Experience. According to Kaplan, he hopes to incorporate more uses of technology in student learning and develop cost-saving measures for student textbooks in the future. Kaplan said he also hopes to incorporate a third world language, such as Chinese or Arabic, into Siena’s class offerings on a regular basis. He hopes to spend next summer in Mexico and travel through Latin America.