Sarah Crossingham, assistant professor of education at Dickinson State University (DSU), has been named the Best College Professor for 2024 in The Dickinson Press’ annual Best of the Western Edge contest, an accolade she also won last year.

For The Dickinson Press’ annual readers’ choice contest, residents of Southwestern North Dakota nominate individuals and businesses in several categories as “best of” in their area of expertise. Once nominations close, community members then have the chance to vote for their favorite in each category. This year, Crossingham was nominated and received the most votes in the category of Best College Professor at DSU.

“Professor Crossingham continues to reach new heights in sponsoring and creating innovative DSU teacher education programs,” stated Dr. Joan Aus, dean of the School of Education. “This year, she created an Education in Action Day, which brought almost 100 students from area school districts to campus, where they were able to observe classes and interact with college students and faculty. Sarah inspires education students on a daily basis and is truly deserving of this honor.”

Crossingham is a native of Missoula, Montana and graduated from Dickinson State with a bachelor’s degree in education in 2011. Continuing her education, she studied educational leadership at North Dakota State University and graduated with her master’s degree in 2020. Prior to her position at DSU, Crossingham was previously a teacher for Dickinson Public Schools and Wishek Public School systems. Notably, Crossingham was recognized as the 2017 North Dakota History Teacher-of-the-Year for Gilder-Lehman in Wishek, North Dakota. Crossingham shifted her sights and began teaching at DSU in August 2022 and teaches various courses in education including introduction to education, teaching for diversity, diversity and exceptionalities, educational psychology, and more.

Dickinson State congratulates Crossingham on receiving this well-deserved recognition from her community for the second straight year! Hawks are up!