North Central College - Naperville, IL

Diane Anstine is New Ruge Fellow

During the faculty meeting in November, R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, named Associate Professor and Chair of Economics Diane Anstine (right) a Ruge Fellow in recognition of her excellence in teaching.

The Ruge Fellows program is designed to recognize, celebrate and reward faculty for their contributions to the teaching and learning environment at North Central College. Honorees are selected after a rigorous application and review process.

Anstine has been a member of North Central’s faculty since 1997, the same year she earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky. In 2000, she was awarded the Dissinger Award for Junior Faculty after colleagues and students commended her for her teaching ability. In 2003, she was granted tenure.

Passionate about her field of study, Anstine says, “Some have called economics the dismal science and people expect it to be dry and boring. I try to impress students that what they are learning is useful and valuable to them. I want them to understand economics because we can apply it to every aspect of our lives.”

Since 2004, Anstine has been chair of the economics department and inaugurated the economics honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, on campus that same year. Her enthusiasm for teaching extends to other areas of campus life, too. For five years, she’s been the College’s faculty athletic representative to the NCAA and works with members of the athletic department on NCAA-related issues. She was also instrumental in establishing the College’s faculty mentor program.

Annual Report 2009