Goldey-Beacom College announced the 2020 and 2021 honorees of the College’s esteemed Excellence in Teaching Award at its Inaugural Convocation on August 27.
The 2020 and 2021 awards recipients were both awarded this year due to previous pandemic restrictions which hindered the ability to present the 2020 award last year.
Created in 1978, the Excellence in Teaching Award at Goldey-Beacom serves three major purposes: 1) to signal the College’s commitment to excellence in teaching; 2) to reward faculty excellence in teaching; and 3) to promote excellence in teaching among all our faculty.
Dr. Deborah L. Leitsch received the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Leitsch joined the faculty in 1995, teaching a full-time course load while also taking courses elsewhere to complete her doctorate. She was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2009 and served as Chair of the Business Department from 2014 to 2021.
In addition to being an active member of the GBC Community, Dr. Leitsch is active in the community-at-large. She is involved in field-related professional organizations and actively encourages her students to get involved. Through her, our students have gotten involved in the Delaware Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, where several have been awarded scholarships. She volunteers with community organizations such as the Delaware Humane Society, Hagley Museum, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Not surprisingly, she is a favorite among students who cite her enthusiasm, her caring nature and the time she takes to be sure that each student has a grasp of the material as important reasons why they value her.
Dr. Leitsch holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Colorado; a Master of Science in Accounting Information Systems, University of Delaware; a Master of Business Administration in Management and Operations, Syracuse University; and a Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting, University of Sarasota.
David R. Golberg, Esq. received the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Golberg joined the faculty at GBC 7 years ago, in 2014. A former prosecutor, serving as Assistant District Attorney, he brought with him several years of adjunct teaching experience along with several years of legal experience that has greatly enhanced the educational experience of his students.
He continues to work as a consultant on cases with a criminal defense law firm and stays active in his field as a result. He is always looking at ideas to strengthen the Criminal Justice program at GBC and effectively mentors students, especially those who are looking to work in law enforcement or pursue law school. He serves on his local school board, volunteers with various charities, and recently accepted an invitation to serve as the GBC representative on the Delaware Bench and Bar Diversity Project, a special project of the Supreme Court of Delaware.
He is a known favorite among students. They consistently voice their appreciation of his classroom challenges that encourage them to think beyond their perceived limits as well as to consider and challenge societal views and to engage with the course content from various perspectives.
Dr. Golberg holds a Bachelor of Arts, Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor, Widener University.
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