Graduate Dale Eesley receives university teaching award

(OMAHA, NE) — The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association celebrated the 22nd year of its Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award program when it presented the honor to nine faculty members during the UNO Faculty Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12. Association President Lee Denker presented the awards, established in 1997 to honor distinguished teaching in the classroom.

Peer committees in UNO colleges choose recipients, each of whom received a $1,000 award and commemorative plaques. With the 2018 awards the association has issued $194,000 through the program. Synopses of recipients follow.

Among the recipients was Dale, an associate professor of marketing and entrepreneurship in UNO’s College of Business Administration. He earned a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship & Strategy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Eesley’s primary focus is development of an entrepreneurial mindset and skills that empower students to create new products, services and businesses that make the world a better place. As director of the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising, he has overseen the growth of entrepreneurial education from two classes and 60 students to more than 400 students in more than 10 different class offerings. Eesley also has created a variety of programs to give students opportunities outside the classroom, including the BigIdea! Pitch Contest, the Maverick Business Plan Contest, the Maverick Young Entrepreneurs Boot Camp, the Maverick Venture Fund and more.