Schafer garners CPS Outstanding Teacher Award


Posted Thu, Sep 21, 2017

AND THE WINNER IS…: Dr. Shaun T. Schafer displays his CPS Outstanding Teaching Award. [Photo: Steve Krizman]

DENVER, Auraria Campus – Journalism and Technical Communication Chair Shaun T. Schafer Ph.D., received the CPS Outstanding Teaching Award on Sept. 12, at the CPS breakfast at the St Cajetan’s Center. Schafer’s nomination came from fellow colleagues, and the award was presented by Interim Dean Jenn Capps of MSU Denver’s College of Professional Studies.

“It was a surprise to me,” Schafer says. “I did not know that I was nominated, much less that I had won.”

MSU Denver journalism major Adam Barnhardt says, Schafer has been an impactful advisor to him. Barnhardt adds that he specifically requests for Schafer when plotting his next steps at Metro.

“Though I have never had a class with him,” Barnhardt says, “I’ve actively gone to his public appearances and met with him for advice. I was shocked to find out that he was actively reading the work I did with the campus magazine after I told him I’d become a writer there. That level of attention is admirable.”

Punctuating Schafer’s achievement, earlier in the year, he received Educator of the Year from the Society of Professional Journalists, complementing his 2014 Instructor of the Year Award from First Year Success.

Communication/broadcast major Nathan Matoush says he found Schafer to be a very passionate individual that has the ability to carry that passion and dignity over to young aspiring student journalists.

“He was my professor in Journalism Fundamentals Fall of 2016,” Matoush explains. “Shaun Schafer was just about one of most motivated professors and leaders I’ve had here at MSU Denver. He had the ability to make Journalism Fundamentals (An entry level course) a motivating class. His dedication and advice will carry over into my future as an aspiring sports broadcaster/journalist.”

At 18, Schafer landed his first reporting job at the Kansas City Business Journal. Later he caught on with the Tulsa World in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had years of experience as a reporter under his belt before starting a career as a journalism professor. The University of Oklahoma alumni began teaching in 2004 at rival school Oklahoma State University.

Schafer began his teaching career at MSU Denver in the fall of 2008. He started as an adjunct professor and 11 years later, sits as the chair for the Journalism Department and Technical Communication Department.

Schafer says, Capps noted that he had several “impassioned” nominating letters from his colleagues.

“I am feeling quite flattered,” he says.

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7 Responses to “Schafer garners CPS Outstanding Teacher Award”

  1. Sarena Espinoza Says:

    Well written story about Dr. Schafer and his success. I love the quotes from students and the background you give on him at the end. Great Job!


  2. Mikala Drew Says:

    I enjoy this story a lot! It’s uplifting to see one of our hardworking professors get recognized. I also enjoy your sources and the quotes you got.


  3. Trevor Maniscalo Says:

    The story is well done. I really enjoyed the quotes from Dr. Schafer not knowing he won. It adds an entreating element to uplifting news.


  4. Favianna Oropeza Says:

    Schafer is a great teacher. I was glad to see that reflected in your story through the student perspectives.


  5. Adam Says:

    A well deserved award for a super humble guy!


  6. Favianna Oropeza Says:

    Also, the picture of him is adorable! He looks so happy!


  7. Sydney Ross Says:

    I really enjoyed all the student quotes in your story. You picked good sources for your story. It was a good over view of Dr. Shafer.


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