Get Your Distance Education From Award-Winning SUU Professor

Published: April 05, 2006 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Earl Mulderink, Associate Professor of History at Southern Utah University, has been donned the Exemplary Faculty Use of Technology Award from the Utah System of Higher Education.

Mulderink, who implements WebCT technology in conveying his History 1700 American Civilization class, has been teaching at SUU for 11 years.

Part of the Distance Education program at SUU, WebCT is the technology tool used to deliver online courses. It contains menus for syllabi, assignment modules, email, and discussion boards.

Dr. Mulderink is known for the rigorous expectations he places on his students through a defined curriculum. The situation is no different in a classroom on campus or on the worldwide web. As a user of technology, Dr. Mulderink strives to provide his students with an online learning experience that parallels the campus experience by making resources available to students that enhance learning as well as provide motivation to students who are dependent on their own discipline to complete his course. He uses the same text for both—“America, A Concise History,” published by Bedford/St. Martin’s. And, he complements this with the frequent usage of its companion website at

“Earl is one of our most respected online faculty,” Karl Stevens, SUU’s Director of Distance Education, says. “From an administrative point of view, he presents a high quality educational product and maintains the same rigor in his online course as he does in his on-campus course. We consistently receive positive feedback from his students.”

Taylor declares Dr. Mulderink the standard-setter at SUU for online course delivery.

Mulderink has distinguished himself as an excellent contributor to the student offerings at SUU in many ways. For example, he is the immediate past chair of the History Department. He is a past Tanner Distinguished Lecturer. His service also includes having been the associate director of “Voices of the Colorado Plateau,” and a reviewer for the website connected to the best-selling textbook “The African-American Odyssey,” published by Pearson Prentiss Hall.

And, he currently holds the position of the first Faculty Coordinator of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. One of the issues he is exploring in this position, is the potential of incorporating service-learning into SUU’s online curriculum.

The mission of the Utah Electronic College Consortium (part of USHE) is to ensure that all Utah citizens, regardless of geographic location or work and life commitments, can earn certificates and degrees at a distance. This program will recognize the efforts of Dr. Mulderink in achieving this goal at a luncheon in Salt Lake City with the USHE Board of Regents Commissioner, Richard Kendell, on Friday, April 14.

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