Academic journal article Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Dedication

Academic journal article Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Dedication

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John Portz

Few people have invested so much of themselves--their learning, their creativity, their energy--in any professional association as did John Portz. Together with his wife, Edythe, they virtually adopted students, helping them with encouragement, financial support, and constant attention. On his own campus, the University of Maryland-College Park, John was a legend--winner of an Outstanding Teacher Award, director of Honors superb, and legendary teacher of English.

We in the National Collegiate Honors Council came to rely on his endless ability to invent and give life to the organization as its President, as its Executive Secretary Treasurer, as a member of the Executive Committee many times over, as editor of the newsletter. His participation in the Northeast Region of NCHC was no different: he was the wordmaster who coined, after having helped create the National Honors Semesters, the spinoff developed in his own region that he called "Sleeping Bag Seminars," student-led weekend immersion experiences akin to the Semesters' explorations. A Harvard graduate, he may have invented the Honors Professorship, a tenure-track faculty appointment outside the traditional departmental domain. …

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