Dr. Edwin Bittner has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Education as the 2015-2016 STEM Post-Secondary Educator of the Year. Dr. Bittner will be recognized at the annual conference to be held August 1-3 at Western Wyoming Community College. He has taught veterinary technology courses at Eastern Wyoming College for 16 years.
Dr. Bittner was nominated for this award by Dr. Susan Walker, Division Chair and Instructor of Veterinary Technology at EWC.
“In his 16 years of teaching veterinary technicians he has worked diligently to educate students and promote technicians as a critical component of the veterinary team,” stated Dr. Walker. “He draws on his wealth of knowledge from over 30 years in practice and integrates emerging information to make his courses unparalleled in their quality and content.”
His nomination shares that he takes a great deal of time to working individually with students to help them achieve true understanding of the subject. He is also frequently contacted by veterinary hospitals and wildlife rehabilitation facilities to recommend students for jobs or internships.
Dr. Bittner is constantly developing and refining his teaching methods. As faculty identify areas students are deficient he has been known to develop new courses to address the concerns. As an example, he developed an innovative math course for the veterinary technology program. He was also integral in developing biology and chemistry courses specifically for veterinary technicians.
“This is a significant honor for both Dr. Bittner and Eastern Wyoming College. We are fortunate to have faculty of this caliber teaching here,” added Dr. Richard Patterson, EWC President.