Nominations sought for revived WMU teaching award
Nov. 2, 2006
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has reinstituted its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards to recognize outstanding teaching, and up to three full-time members of the faculty will be recognized with the award during spring semester.
The honor was extended to 131 faculty members between 1966 and 2001, when it was known as the Teaching Excellence Award and was sponsored by the WMU Alumni Association. [Past recipients are listed below.]
"These awards celebrate teaching, which is the core mission of our University," says Dr. Katherine Joslin, professor of English, chair of the award committee and a 1997 recipient of the award. "The award committee is grateful to the University and to Interim President Diether Haenicke for reviving this important honor."
Eligible to receive the awards are full-time members of the faculty. Recipients will be recognized at the academic convocation in February and at spring commencement ceremonies in April. The awards carry a one-time cash prize of $2,000 and a subsequent increase in base salary. Past recipients are not eligible for a second award.
This year's nominations are due by Jan. 12. They should be submitted in the form of a letter to the Distinguished Teaching Award Committee and should include the nominator's full name and signature, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address and indicate the nominator's current relationship to WMU.
Please mail nomination letters to Distinguished Teaching Award, Office of the Provost, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5204.
In addition to Joslin, members of the award committee are Dr. Mary Anderson, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology; Dr. Alyce Dickinson, professor of psychology; Dr. Gunther M. Hega, associate professor of political science; Dr. Gerald Hardie, professor of physics; Jim Hopfensperger, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts; David L. Rozelle, professor of accountancy; Dr. William Rutherford, associate dean of research for the College of Aviation; Dr. Sarah Summy, associate professor of special education and literacy studies; and Dr. Bob E. White, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. Dickinson, Hardie, Rozelle and White are past recipients of the award.
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