Professors of the Year: Have you had them?

Published Nov. 15, 2012 on USA TODAY College. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of a University of South Florida professor. His name is Autar Kaw.

A more solid stamp of approval than a positive end-of-semester course evaluation rating: The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awarded the nation’s top college educators today as the 2012 U.S. Professors of the Year.

Out of close to 300 nominees, there are four top national winners who come from all sorts of backgrounds, representing a range of U.S. educators: Christy Price is a psychology professor atDalton State College, researching how to best engage Millennials in the classroom; Lois Roma-Deeley teaches creative writing at Paradise Valley Community College and is an award-winning poet; Autar Kaw works with the National Science Foundation to share his coursework and is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida; Todd Pagano heads a lab science program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Additionally, these winners are the leading professors from the four categories by which schools are broken down, based on the type of institution: baccalaureate colleges, community colleges, doctoral and research universities and master’s universities and colleges.

There are also 30 state Professors of the Year, plus one from the District of Columbia.

The president of CASE, John Lippincott, said this year’s winners stood out for their “intentional, innovative and inspirational” approach to learning and education.

In 2012, those three adjectives are key to engaging and education the college students of today. Now the discussions around technology in the classroom are not focused on “should we use it?” but “how do we use it best?”

The CASE awards program has been honoring the U.S.’s top professors since 1981, and the four national winners receive $5,000 from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

See the entire list of state professors of the year.


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