Each year, the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to two full-time and two part-time faculty members who demonstrate teaching at its finest. Nominated and supported by students and colleagues, they are selected by a committee of their peers for their outstanding teaching.
This year’s full-time faculty recipients are Aaron AuBuchon, assistant professor in the Electronic and Photographic Media department, and Allan MacNeill, professor of economics in the History, Politics and International Relations department. Part-time recipients are Andrea Miller, adjunct professor of sociology in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department, and Gregory Weeks, adjunct professor of International Relations at our Vienna campus.
A fifth Kemper Award was given posthumously to George Slusarz, who passed away April 6. George was a beloved colleague, professor and friend to many. At his memorial service, students and colleagues read from letters they had written to the Kemper Committee in support of his nomination for the award – testimonials which made a strong impression on the committee and which made George a strong candidate for the award and moved them to make this special award.
AuBuchon, who is coordinator of the Video Production program in the School of Communications, was recognized for the rigor and discipline he has instilled in the program. His nominator said, “Graduates of the program fully appreciate the responsibilities required to become a professional in the field.”
MacNeill was recognized for the demanding, rewarding and interdisciplinary nature of his classes. One of his students said, “In every class I have taken with him there are elements of political science, economics, sociology, psychology, history, human rights, and even art.”
Miller, who is coordinator of the Year of International Human Rights in the College of Arts & Sciences, was recognized for the depth and diversity of the courses she teaches. One colleague observed how Andrea encourages students to think, grow and learn through the use of innovative and creative activities, challenging students to re-evaluate their conceptions of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and social class.
Weeks was recognized for unwavering commitment to his students and their success. A colleague of Dr. Weeks said, “Dr. Weeks’ students were invariably among the best trained, hardest working and most committed of all the students in my program. They had a broad base of knowledge and a clear sense of intellectual purpose.”