Seven Faculty Members Receive Excellence Awards

Posted: April 18, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

The Provost’s Office has announced the winners of this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards. They are Margaret Yocom, English; Suzanne Smith, History and Art History; Leandra Lederman, School of Law; Howard Kurtz, Theater; Linda Kalof, Sociology and Anthropology; Elizabeth Gunn, New Century College; and Amitava Dutta, School of Management.

The award program was created to recognize exemplary teaching at George Mason. It demonstrates the university’s commitment to outstanding teaching. The award carries a $1,500 prize, and the winners will be formally recognized at their respective academic units’ convocations.

The award process begins each September when nominations are opened. A faculty member may be nominated by another faculty member, a staff member, or a student. Nominees are invited to submit statements containing their teaching philosophy and teaching innovations. The Teaching Excellence Award committee, composed of the award winners from the previous year, selects up to 20 of the individuals who submit statements to compile portfolios. The committee then selects the winners from the portfolios submitted.

This year, 29 professors and instructors were nominated, of whom 17 submitted teaching philosophy statements. Of those, the committee invited 10 nominees to submit portfolios. The seven winners were chosen from the 10 portfolios submitted.

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