Congratulations, Gayle Golden!

Recipient of a 2017 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

About the Award

DTA Logo 350x274The Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award recognizes excellence in contributing directly and indirectly to student learning through teaching, research, and creative activities; advising; academic program development; and educational leadership.

Gayle Golden received this award at the Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony on April 27, 2017.


Each year, the Alumni Association is proud to join the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in supporting the Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize the outstanding work of U of M educators. Recipients of the awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.


About Gayle Golden

  • Senior Lecturer
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

An innovator to the core, Gayle Golden created the model for SJMC’s advanced practicum courses, which placed students in the St. Paul Pioneer Press newsroom for 14 hours of work per week. Similar courses followed at Minnesota Public Radio and other news outlets, allowing countless students to add bylines from these media to their portfolios.

She helped SJMC develop a standardized set of course profiles to track and upgrade courses—a critical element of curriculum reviews— and was key to developing and implementing the school’s exemplary outcome assessment process. Golden created an online module on plagiarism and fabrication and drafted a clear, fair, faculty-approved policy on those issues.

“Gayle … showed me that writing, and ultimately living, authentically is the best way to inspire the world,” says a former student.

Golden was instrumental in launching a plan to embed crucial technology and data skills in existing instructional offerings, and as chairwoman of the Minnesota Daily Board of Directors, she oversaw the student newspaper’s digital transformation. She also serves as adviser for the student chapter of the Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association, a chapter she created to help U of M students, and is starting a mentoring program for students of color.

“Every student needs a G.G.,” says a former student. “It’s great if they get one a semester, fantastic if they get one every class—but they need at least ONE in their college career.”

“In my classroom, we write on deadline. Fact errors have a high price. I tell the students this recreates what they’ll face when they get hired. Students always struggle, but those who work hard always rise to the occasion.”

Congratulate Gayle Golden

Send a note of congratulations to ggolden@umn.edu.


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