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Dr. Cook Receives Sytsma Excellence Award

May 14, 2015


This year’s recipient of the Sytsma Award for Faculty Excellence was Dr. Teresa Cook, an associate professor in the Accountancy program. This College of Business award was established to “promote, encourage, recognize, and reward faculty performance, excellence, and improvement”; it comes with a $500 grant made possible by a gift from former Ferris Professor Sid Sytsma. The award acknowledges faculty who have “contributed by their work and example, often at personal sacrifice, to improving and furthering the educational mission of the college.”

In the Accountancy, Finance and Information Systems Department, Cook is herself is a Ferris alumna. She received her bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and worked as an industry professional for 20 years before joining the Ferris faculty.

Students praise Cook for teaching her upper-level accounting courses and lower-level introductory classes as a supportive learning environment. To achieve such great results, she spends countless hours preparing for her classes and revises her courses every semester to make the material easier to understand.

“I spend a great deal of time preparing for class no matter how many times I have taught it,” Cook says. “ I feel that this is especially important when I teach the first two accounting classes for business majors. I believe that this careful preparation is reflected in the positive comments I receive from students from all majors.”

On campus and in the professional world, Dr. Cook is very engaged. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) since 1982 and has attended the IMA National Student Conference with her students on several occasions. Since May 2014, she has been chair of the College of Business Core Curriculum Redesign Committee. She also served on the College of Business Curriculum Committee from 2012-2014. University-wide, Cook served on the Academic Senate (2010-2014), the University’s E-Learning Management Advisory Team (2010-2013), and the University’s General Education Committee (2008-2013).

“Dr. Cook represents the essence of the Sytsma Faculty Excellence Award,” says Dr. Jim Woolen, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Business. “Her student evaluations tell a story about an instructor who deeply cares about her students. She is involved in the college, the University and the community. Dr. Cook is a role model for her peers.”

Cook is also the secretary for the Athletic Advisory Committee, the hockey program liaison, and a member of the 6th Dawg Club for Women’s Basketball. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, boating, bowling, reading, and spending time with her husband and three kids.