Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News: CASE Names Four U.S. Professors of the Year

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News: CASE Names Four U.S. Professors of the Year

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Four professors were honored last month for their dedication to teaching, commitment to students and creative approach to education. The four, named U.S. Professors of the Year, were selected from more than 400 nominations. The awards, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, are the only honors for excellent teaching in higher education.

Philosophy professor Dr. Alicia Juarrero of Prince George's Community College in Maryland was named the Outstanding Community College Professor. Art professor Dr. James Adams of Manchester College in Indiana received the award in the baccalaureate category. Dr. Dennis Jacobs, a chemistry professor at the University of Notre Dame, also in Indiana, was honored in the master's category; and Dr. Francisco Jiménez, a modern languages and literature professor at Santa Clara University in California, was honored in the doctoral research university category.

"The Professors of the Year bring tremendous energy and passion to everything they do because of their genuine love for students, teaching and their disciplines. The professors' ability to nurture, encourage and challenge students is inspiring, and CASE is honored to have a role in recognizing them," says Dr. Vance T Peterson, president of CASE.

Last spring CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges who evaluated the nominees in four areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education within the institution and community; and support from colleagues and students. …

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