There's no shortage of honors given to University of Colorado faculty members who excel at teaching. Occasions for those educators to gather and acknowledge one another's achievements are in far shorter supply.
To take a step toward changing that, leaders at the University of Colorado at Boulder last week hosted the first Celebration of Teaching on the campus. Mary Ann Shea, director of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program and President's Teaching Scholars Program, and Jeffrey Cox, professor of English and humanities and associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs, say they hope it's just the first in an annual series of events.
The Friday, March 12, event at Norlin Library recognized the 110 CU-Boulder faculty members who received any sort of teaching award during the 2008-2009 academic year. Event co-host Stein Sture, interim provost, spoke, as did Alyssa Reese, a senior in studio arts and ecology and evolutionary biology, and Elspeth Dusinberre, associate professor of classics.
Of the 110 award winners, about 50 attended. "We know how difficult it is to get faculty to go to anything, so this went really well," Cox said, noting that an additional 25 to 30 faculty and students also attended. "We wanted to celebrate the people who'd won awards and remind everyone how important teaching is to the university."