Amanda Frioli Receives 2019 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award
June 12, 2019
EUREKA — Dr. Amanda Frioli is Eureka College’s 2019 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award winner.
Frioli, an associate professor of communication and leadership who has been at EC since 2008, received the honor at commencement on May 11. The award recognizes excellence, creativity and innovation in teaching. It includes a financial stipend, and the award-winner is the speaker at the college’s fall opening convocation.
“Creating an inclusive space for my students to learn together is a priority for me,” Frioli said. “I feel honored to be recognized for one of my greatest passions."
The award is named for a 1928 Eureka College alumna who had a long, successful teaching career and supported the college throughout her life. Faculty, staff and students make nominations, and a selection committee chooses the winner.
"Students appreciate that she values everyone's thoughts and opinions and is open to discussion on almost any topic,” Eureka College Provost Dr. Ann Fulop said of Frioli. “She is very willing to help all the students succeed no matter what. Faculty member colleagues admire her ability to stimulate thinking and curiosity in students."
Frioli received a bachelor’s degree in public relations and political science from Illinois State University, a master’s in communication from Eastern Illinois and a doctorate in higher education administration at Illinois State University.