Semi-Annual Faculty Instructional

Excellence Award of 2022


Three members of the ANU faculty – Angela Blocker, Amber Pogacsnik, and Betty Sue Reynolds – have been named the recipients of our Semi-Annual Faculty Instructional Excellence Award of 2022. Program chairs, deans, and direct managers undergo the nomination process twice each year, seeking individuals who embody ANU’s values. Nominees must display a commitment to teaching and their students; an engaging, encouraging, active teaching approach to ensure students are intellectually stimulated; the ability to effectively communicate with students; and a positive, lasting impact on students. Earning this award is how we recognize members of the faculty who embody these ANU values.


  • Angela earned her B.S. in Counseling and my M.A. in Human Services Counseling in 2015.
  • She has over 8 years of experience working as a clinical medical assistant for Internal Medicine and the Department of Defense- OB/GYN in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
  • In 2011 she began teaching as an adjunct instructor, transitioning to full-time teaching in 2014.
  • She has two daughters with whom she enjoys spending time. She has lived in Texas, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida. She currently lives in Tennessee and considers it her home. She enjoys quiet days/nights at home with a good movie.





  • Amber Pogacsnik holds both a Bachelor’s (B.S.) and Master’s (M.A.) in Sociology from Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Over the last three and a half years at American National University, she has taught many subjects, including Social Problems, General Sociology, and Cultural Appreciation.
  • Her favorite part of teaching general education courses is being able to help students develop their sociological imaginations and think about the larger world around them. She also helps them learn how to think instead of what to think and improve their information literacy, skills that she notes are necessary to navigate and succeed in society today.





  • Betty Sue Reynolds graduated from Big Sandy Community and Technical College in 2004 with her ADN and completed her BSN through Morehead State University.
  • In 2016 she completed her MSN-FNP through Chamberlain University and worked as an APRN in cardiology since then.
  • In 2018 Betty decided to give back to her community differently through teaching. Initially, she taught skills lab as an adjunct for an LPN-RN bridge program. Then, Betty joined American National University as a clinical simulation coordinator and absolutely loves what she does.
  • She is currently working toward her DNP, which she plans to complete this spring, and her CHSE certification.
  • She is married with two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and drag racing with her husband and sons at the race track during her summer weekends.
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