CASE President John Lippincott

2010 Luncheon Remarks
Nov. 18, 2010

Good afternoon, and welcome to this awards luncheon in honor of the 2010 U.S. Professors of the Year!

I'm John Lippincott, president of CASE: the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

On behalf of CASE, I thank all of you for being here today.

Lunch will be served in just a few minutes, but first I'd like to talk briefly about these awards.

Founded in 1981, the U.S. Professors of the Year program is the only national award specifically designed to acknowledge outstanding undergraduate teaching.

Throughout the 30-year history of these awards, CASE has been proud to partner with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to recognize the contributions of this nation's top professors.

As you may know, CASE is a membership association of schools, colleges and universities.

Our focus is on helping those institutions strengthen their alumni relations, communications, marketing and fundraising programs.

What you may not know is that CASE is one of the largest associations of educational institutions in the world with more than 3,400 institutional members in nearly 70 countries.

At the core of our mission is a fundamental belief in the power of education to transform lives and societies.

CASE helps make possible those transformational experiences by providing colleges and universities with the tools to build strong support among benefactors, alumni, opinion leaders, government officials and other constituents.

In the end, however, it is dedicated faculty members who create, stimulate, inspire and foster the transformation in their students.

And it is these faculty members we have celebrated over the past 30 years with the the U.S. Professors of the Year awards.

Many of the past winners have stayed in touch with us, and they report that the award has enabled them to share their pedagogy and their expertise with state, national and even international audiences. Let me offer just three quick examples.

Our 2008 community college winner was professor of the year was Eugenia Paulus of North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota.

Professor Paulus was invited by President Obama to participate in last month's White House Summit on Community Colleges.

There, she spoke about the challenges of preparing students for a future that cannot yet be envisioned. Among those with whom she shared her views were Bill Gates, Vice President Biden, and Jill Biden, herself a community college faculty member.

And then there's Rob Thomas from the University of Montana Western and the 2009 national Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year.

Professor Thomas recently told us that this January he will be teaching geology to Sherpas near Mt. Everest in Nepal as a result of the award.

He was also named one of 20 professors who are "reinventing the classroom" by Playboy magazine. For those who really do buy the magazine to read the articles, the story is in the October issue.

I'm also pleased to report that Ed Ayers, the 2003 winner for doctoral and research universities is now the president of the University of Richmond.

And while we can't promise that all of our winners will meet with presidents or become presidents, teach Sherpas or be featured with centerfolds, I do know that winning this award shines a bright light on the important work and the uncommon dedication of those who receive it, including those we will honor later today.

Now, I want to thank those who have helped make this luncheon possible.

First, I want to recognize the generous support of TIAA-CREF, higher education's premier financial investment network.

I would like to ask Annie Gottbehuet, director for the Wealth Management Group at TIAA-CREF, to offer a few words of welcome. Annie, will you please join me at the lectern?

 

Thank you, Annie. TIAA-CREF has been a consistent and loyal champion of this program, and we are very grateful for your support over the years.

In addition to the ongoing sponsorships from the Carnegie Foundation and TIAA-CREF, the Professors of the Year program enjoys the support of many other members of the higher education community.

I would particularly like to thank the following sponsors:

  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • The American Association of Community Colleges
  • The American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • The Association of Community College Trustees
  • The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • The Council of Independent Colleges, and
  • The National Council of University Research Administrators

In addition, I want to thank Datatel for its support at the benefactor level and Phi Beta Kappa for its sponsorship of this evening's reception for our winners at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Please join me in thanking all of our sponsors.

At this time, we will pause for lunch and the program will begin immediately afterward. Bon appétit!

 

Welcome back to the program.

I would like to welcome several distinguished guests with us this afternoon.

We are also honored to have joining us Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary of the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Ochoa, welcome. Please stand and let us thank you for joining us today.

I would also like to welcome members of the governing boards of CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Would the trustees of the two organizations please stand and would all of you join me in thanking them for their unwavering support of the Professors of the Year program.

For all of us at CASE, one of the great pleasures of this program is working with our colleagues at the Carnegie Foundation.

In addition to helping us guide the development of the awards, the Carnegie Foundation underwrites a portion of the costs of administering the program.

The foundation also provides a $5,000 monetary award to each of our national winners.

Most important, the foundation conducts the final round of judging that leads to the selection of the four national winners.

Leading the team at Carnegie is Dr. Anthony Bryk.

Tony became the foundation's ninth president in 2008.

He previously taught at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, where he helped found the Center for Urban School Improvement, an institute that supports reform efforts in the Chicago Public Schools.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Anthony Bryk to the lectern.

 

Thank you, Tony.

Your remarks have eloquently captured the accomplishments of our winners and the importance of their work in today's society.

And now to the awards.

More than 300 educators from across the United States, Guam and the District of Columbia were nominated for a 2010 Professor of the Year award.

Based on a meticulous review of the nominating materials-including curriculum vitae, teaching logs, and personal statements-independent judges from across the United States selected 46 state winners and four national winners.

Each winner is unique and yet there are commonalities among them.

These professors have created learning environments in which students are not passive recipients of information - but engaged partners and colleagues in discovery.

Our winners are committed to encouraging, instructing and motivating their students to achieve excellence.

Our honorees believe in the pedagogical primacy of critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and real-world experience.

We applaud their creativity within and outside the classroom, their belief in a learning process that involves mutual discovery, and their dedication to the principle that knowledge liberates, empowers and humanizes us.

Allow me then to introduce to you the State Professors of the Year who are with us this afternoon.

These are faculty members who received a ranking from the CASE and Carnegie judges that placed them in the top tier of all nominees nationally and at the top of the list in their respective states.

I am impressed, and delighted, that 40 of our 46 state winners are able to be with us today, including some who have traveled a great distance.

As I read the names of the 2010 State Professors of the Year, I would like to ask each winner to stand and remain standing until all names have been read.

Please hold your applause until I've named all state winners who are with us.

  • From Alabama: Andrew W. Keitt, associate professor of history, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • From Arizona: Jane Maienschein, Regents' Professor, President's Professor and Parents Association Professor, Arizona State University
  • From Arkansas: Liz Gron, professor of chemistry, Hendrix College
  • From California: Andrew W. Kindon, chair, Department of Anthropology & Geography, West Valley College
  • From Colorado: Frances Tiller Pilch, professor of political science, United States Air Force Academy
  • From Conneticut: Betsy A. Bowen, professor of English, Fairfield University
  • From Delaware: Mary Ann McLane, professor, department of medical technology, University of Delaware
  • From the District of Columbia: Rahul Simha, professor of computer science, The George Washington University
  • From Florida: Elizabeth Nicoli-Suco, associate professor senior, Miami Dade College
  • From Georgia: Christy Price, professor of psychology, Dalton State College
  • From Idaho: Rochelle L. Johnson, associate professor of English and Environmental Studies, The College of Idaho
  • From Illinois: Lendol Calder, professor of history, Augustana College
  • From Indiana: Jeffrey X. Watt, associate dean and associate professor of mathematical sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • From Iowa: Carolyn E. Dallinger, associate professor of criminal justice and social work, Simpson College
  • From Kansas: Ellyn R. Mulcahy, associate professor, science, Johnson County Community College
  • From Kentucky: Ken Keffer, Stodghill Professor of French and German, Centre College
  • From Louisiana: Cathleen C. Williams, associate professor, Louisiana State University and A&M College
  • From Maryland: Deborah C. Stearns, professor of psychology, Montgomery College
  • From Massachusetts: Leyla Rouhi, professor of romance languages, Williams College
  • From Michigan: Andrew L. Gerhart, associate professor of mechancial engineering, Lawrence Technological University
  • From Minnesota: Timothy Benson, instructor, Lake Superior College
  • From Montana: Delena Norris-Tull, professor of education, The University of Montana Western
  • From Nebraska: W. James Lewis, Aaron Douglas Professor in Teaching Excellence, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • From Nevada: Scott A. Mensing, professor of geography, University of Nevada, Reno
  • From New Jersey: Scott Glenn, professor of marine and coastal sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • From New York: Kenneth J. Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
  • From North Dakota: Phil B. Padgett, assistant professor, Bismarck State College
  • From Ohio: Dan Fleisch, associate professor of physics, Wittenberg University
  • From Oregan: Karen McFarlane Holman, associate professor, Willamette University
  • From Pennsylvania: Roberta A. Mayer, art historian, visual arts area, Bucks County Community College
  • From Rhode Island: Nuria Alonso Garcia, associate professor, Providence College
  • From South Carolina: Monica McCoy, associate professor of psychology, Converse College
  • From Tennessee: Julia A. Heath, professor of economics, director of the Center for Economic Education, University of Memphis
  • From Texas: Alan Swinkels, professor of psychology, Saint Edward's University
  • From Utah: Laurie S. McNeill, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, Utah State University
  • From Vermont: Gary E. Scudder, professor and assistant dean, Core Division, Champlain College
  • From Virginia: James Patrick O'Brien, professor, psychology, Tidewater Community College
  • From Washington: Mike Veseth, Robert G. Albertson Professor of International Political Economy, University of Puget Sound
  • From West Virginia: James Nolan, associate professor, West Virginia University
  • From Wisconsin: Kenneth A. Walz, instructor, chemistry and engineering, Madison Area Technical College

Please join me in acknowledging this remarkable group of educators and mentors!

 

And now to our national winners. The U.S. Professors of the Year are chosen from hundreds of nominees across the country.

They are judged within four institutional categories: baccalaureate, community college, doctoral and master's institutions.

They are selected based on four criteria:

  • Their impact on and involvement with undergraduate students;
  • Their scholarly approach to teaching and learning;
  • Their contributions to undergraduate education on their campuses;
  • And their recommendations from colleagues and students.

CASE convenes three panels of experts, many of them with us today, to conduct the preliminary round of judging.

We then forward the highest-scoring nominees to the Carnegie Foundation where a panel identifies the "best of the best."

And so, it is now time for you to hear from "the best of the best." And who better to introduce them to you than their current or former students.

We begin with the Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year.

This year's winner is John Zubizarreta, professor of English and director of Honors and Faculty Development, at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina.

And here to introduce Professor Zubizarreta is one of his former students, Homa Hassan.

Homa, will you please step up to the lectern?

John Zubizarreta, on behalf of CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is an honor to recognize you as the 2010 Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year!

The Outstanding Community Colleges Professor of the Year is Ping-Tung Chang, professor of mathematics at Matanuska-Susitna College in Palmer, Alaska.

Unfortunately, Matthew Maresh, who was scheduled to introduce Professor Chang, was unable to be with us due to illness. Luckily, Matthew's sister Brittany, another of Professor Chang's former students who also happens to be his current assistant, was kind enough to step in and deliver Matthew's remarks.

Brittany, will you please come forward?

Ping-Tung Chang, on behalf of CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is an honor to recognize you as the 2010 Outstanding Community Colleges Professor of the Year!

The Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year is Teresa Balser, associate professor, Department of Soil Science, at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Introducing Professor Balser is her former student, Jillian Dynowski. Jillian, will you please come forward?

Teresa Balser, on behalf of CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is an honor to recognize you as the 2010 Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year!

The Outstanding Master's Universities and Colleges Professor of the Year is Russell Colson, professor of anthropology and earth science at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Introducing Professor Colson is his former student, Tabb Prissel. Tabb, will you please step up to the lectern?

Russell Colson, on behalf of CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is an honor to recognize you as the 2010 Outstanding Master's Universities and Colleges Professor of the Year!

 

Congratulations to all of our national and state winners.

Thank you again for all you have done to help your students craft better lives, to help your colleagues create better learning environments, and to help your institutions contribute to a better world.

Before I turn the lectern over to Dr. Bryk, I would like to remind our state winners that we will be taking a group photo in this room immediately following the program. And now, I would like to invite Dr. Bryk to close the program. Dr. Bryk?


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