Mike Winstrom, assistant professor of Philosophy at Siena Heights University, was named this year’s recipient of the Jack Bologna Innovative Teaching Award.
In 2004, Siena Heights University received an anonymous donation to establish an award for five years honoring the innovative teaching style of Professor Emeritus Jack Bologna. The annual faculty development award consists of $500 and a plaque bearing the name of the awardee. This plaque is displayed in a prominent place at the Siena Heights University Metro Detroit site in Southfield – where the late Professor Bologna did most of his teaching and interacting with students.
Winstrom has taught for Siena Heights University since 1995, and is a founding member of the Distance Learning Core Committee, which developed and oversees distance learning at Siena. He teaches a variety of philosophy courses in both a face-to-face as well as an online format. However, it is his “Technology and the Human Condition” course that touches the minds and hearts of his students with particular impact as they explore the impact of technology on their lives.
Professor Bologna was a faculty member at Siena Heights for more than a decade. He was a strategic planner and the SHU Business Department’s “go-to” person for international business and business ethics fundamentals. He has also been recognized as an expert in forensic accounting and computer-based frauds. However, those who worked and learned with him remember Jack first and foremost as a dedicated and innovative teacher. Professor Bologna, a resident of Plymouth for 35 years, passed away in 2006 at age 77.