Andrew Keitt, Associate Professor of History, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham was the State winner from Alabama. A video of Dr. Keitt’s response to the award can be seen here.
Four college and university educators who challenge undergraduate students to become critical thinkers and engaged life-long learners are the national winners of the 2010 U.S. Professors of the Year awards.
Administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Educationand sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the awards recognize professors for their influence on teaching and their commitment to undergraduate students. In addition to the four national winners, state level Professors of the year are being recognized in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
The national and state winners of the 2010 U.S. Professors of the Year awards were honored at a luncheon and awards ceremony at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.on November 18, 2010. National winners will offer remarks after they are introduced by former students.
The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
John Lippincott, president of CASE, said the 2010 national and state winners were selected for their commitment to student learning, their use of creative teaching methods and their outreach to the larger community.
“While these professors come from different disciplines and different kinds of institutions, they share a passion for teaching and a dedication to helping their students succeed within and beyond the classroom,” Lippincott said. “They emphasize learning not just teaching, inspiring not just professing and exploring not just explaining. In short, they are exceptional representatives of a noble profession.”
Anthony Bryk, president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, said these dedicated teachers are not only leading their students to develop a deep understanding of their respective fields, they are also “mirroring examples of scholarship, citizenship and community involvement that ultimately will lead to contributions toward a better society and indeed a better world.”
This year’s U.S. Professors of the Year award winners were selected from a pool of more than 300 nominees. Judges select national and state winners based on four criteria: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students.
TIAA-CREF, a financial services and retirement investment organization, is the principal sponsor of the awards ceremony. Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, sponsors an evening congressional reception for the winners at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Other sponsors of the awards program are the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Federation of Teachers, the Association of Community College Trustees, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, Datatel Inc. and the National Council of University Research Administrators.