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David Charles wins inaugural teaching award from MSU online degree completion program

June 17, 2015

David Charles, a professor in MSU’s School of Music, has won the first-ever Liberal Studies Online Teaching Award. David Charles, courtesy of MSU

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David Charles, a professor in Montana State University’s School of Music, has been awarded the inaugural Liberal Studies Online Teaching Award from MSU’s Liberal Studies program.

Charles teaches “The Arts in America” (AMST 202RA) online in the fall and “World Music” (MUSI 307IA) online each spring.

MSU created a bachelor’s degree completion program in 2012 to help students with 60 or more credits from MSU or another institution complete their bachelor’s degree in liberal studies through online coursework. Twelve students have completed the program and earned their bachelor’s degrees from MSU thus far. The Liberal Studies Online Teaching Award was created to acknowledge the contribution of talented instructors who contribute to the program.

Multiple students nominated Charles for the 2015 online Liberal Studies teaching award, applauding the organization of his courses, the clarity of his YouTube lectures, his responsiveness to students and his passion for the material. Some students mentioned that they came away from his courses with a much greater appreciation and interest in music and art.

“We feel fortunate to have such a dedicated and gifted instructor working in the online Liberal Studies program,” said Tami Eitle, associate dean of the College of Letters & Sciences.  

Suzi Taylor (406) 994-7957,