Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College honored one of its best at the 43nd annual Recognition Program held Friday, April 27, in the Cedar Point Center.  Carol Puder of New London, Ohio, the director of clinical education for the respiratory care program at the college, was honored as the 2012 Distinguished Part-Time Teacher.

According to one of Puder nominators, “She is a tremendous asset for our relationships with the hospitals.”  The nominator also added, “various hospital administrators on several levels have commented on the excellent job Ms. Puder is doing in clinical instruction and site visitation of the students on their internships and rotations.”

Puder has been with BGSU Firelands since 1995 and currently coordinates 11 specialized respiratory care rotations at 17 clinical affiliates utilizing 30 clinical instructors each semester.

With ten years of experience as a professional staff therapist, Puder has worked at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, Mansfield, Ohio, and Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Puder earned her bachelor of science in respiratory care from The Ohio State University in 1990.  She is an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor and certified provider in several areas of care.  She is a Certified Respiratory Therapist, Registered Therapist, and a Licensed Respiratory Care Professional in Ohio.

Puder is a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care, Ohio Society of Respiratory Care, and the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Recipients of the Distinguished Part-Time Teacher Award are nominated by students and selected by a committee of their peers. 

Criteria for the Distinguished Part-Time Teacher award includes scholarly knowledge of the subject matter, careful organization and preparation for courses, an ability to generate enthusiasm for the field and for learning, demonstrated ability to stimulate the intellect of students so as to foster skills in critical thinking and independent analysis, ability to communicate the subject matter in a clear, effective manner, utilization of a diversity of teaching methods/techniques and sensitivity and responsiveness to students, both in and out of the class context.

In addition, candidates must have teaching experience at BGSU Firelands for at least six semesters including, but not limited to the semester of nomination and must not have received the award within the past five years.  Candidates do not have to be currently teaching if other criteria are met.

For additional information or photos, contact Dean Schnurr, director of marketing and communication, at 419.372.0613 or via e-mail at

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