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Dr. Don Hickey receives SNB’s Teaching Excellence Award

May 14, 2020 – Dr. Don Hickey, professor of history at Wayne State College, received the State Nebraska Bank & Trust Teaching Excellence Award this year. 

Dr. Hickey has been at Wayne State since 1978, but he has held concurrent visiting positions at the Army Staff College (1991-92), the Naval War College (1995-96), and the Citadel (2013).  Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by the New Yorker, Dr. Hickey is an award-winning author who has written 11 books and more than a hundred articles, mainly on the War of 1812. He has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles, and he has consulted extensively with numerous government agencies and museums, including the National Park Service, the National Portrait Gallery, the USS Constitution Museum, and the U.S. Post Office. He appears in several documentary films, including PBS’s “The War of 1812,” which was first shown in 2011, and he is quoted by name on the sheet of U.S. postage stamps commemorating the Battle of New Orleans that was issued in 2015. 

David Ley, the bank’s Chairman of the Board, established the State Nebraska Bank & Trust Teaching Excellence Award in 1998 as a way of recognizing and strengthening outstanding teaching at Wayne State.   State Nebraska Bank & Trust supports the college in many ways such as funding scholarships and capital improvements, hiring college students as tellers, and having bank employees serve on the Wayne State Foundation Board of Trustees. This prestigious honor is awarded based on rigorous standards that require a superior level of effective teaching.   The recipient receives a gift of $1,200 from State Nebraska Bank & Trust.

Congratulations Dr. Hickey!