L. Kristan Presnell, an assistant professor of computer science at Anne Arundel Community College, has been named the 1995 Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
She was chosen from 15 nominees at 13 two- and four-year state colleges and universities. The Millersville resident also was among 546 faculty members nominated for U.S. Professors of the Year honors.
Ms. Presnell had students in her Introduction to UNIX courses keep in-class journals that she used to track their progress and problems. She also created lab manuals for UNIX users.
She joined the community college faculty in 1989 as a computer systems instructor. Before coming to the college, she worked for six years at Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Ms. Presnell, a former student at the community college, received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University. She is pursuing her doctorate at UMBC.