Heldreth Wins 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Todd Heldreth, associate professor of biology and coordinator of the anatomy and physiology course series at Charleston Southern, has received the 2014 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award.
SCICU honors one professor from each independent college in the state each year. Professors are nominated by their institutions.
“Dr. Heldreth is a model teacher,” said Dr. Jerry Johnson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “His lectures and laboratory exercises in zoology, mammalogy, herpetology and wildlife biology are enlivened by his years of experience as a practicing veterinarian. Although his subject area is difficult, he is always available to students, and his approachable style puts students at ease in asking for extra instruction.”
Heldreth came to CSU in 2007 after a successful career as a veterinarian and surgeon.
“Dr. Heldreth is the winner of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award because he epitomizes the CSU mission of promoting academic excellence in a Christian environment,” said Dr. Jackie Fish, vice president for academic affairs. “He has a passion for sharing his knowledge and experiences with his students, and his desire to see them be successful in their academic studies permeates all aspects of the professor- student relationships.
He has high expectations for his students – in the classroom and in the laboratory, and they strive to achieve those goals. His ability to transfer information and knowledge is extremely well-defined, and we are so very fortunate to have Dr. Heldreth teaching at CSU.”
Heldreth holds a B.S. from Emory and Henry College and a DVM from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He is active in the community and volunteers his services at the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing and is on the board of directors of the Dorchester County SPCA.