Dr. Betsy Bowen Named 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Connecticut Professor of the Year

Submitted by Carolyn Arnold, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications on November 18, 2010

Fairfield University is pleased to announce that Dr. Betsy Bowen, professor of English, has been selected as a 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Connecticut Professor of the Year.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Professor of the Year award, supported by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is the only national award for the recognition of teaching in the United States.

Both national and state winners are chosen on the basis of their extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, determined by excellence in the following four areas:

  • Impact on and involvement with undergraduate students
  • Scholarly approach to teaching and learning
  • Contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession
  • Support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students

This is the second year in a row that a College of Arts and Sciences professor has won the award. Dr. Laura Nash, associate professor of visual and performing arts and director of the music program, received the honor in 2009.

Rev. Paul Fitzgerald S.J.
, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “This is certainly a very great and greatly deserved honor for Betsy. I join her many colleagues, friends, and former students in congratulating her. Betsy is so deserving of this award on so many levels. She is an excellent classroom instructor who creates a common environment for many different types of learners, meeting students where they are at and building a learning community that respects diverse learning styles. Too, Betsy is a teacher’s teacher; she shares her expertise with colleagues both on and off campus. At the heart of all this is Betsy’s deep and generous spirit, one who takes true joy in the privilege of witnessing those significant breakthroughs that occasionally happen, when a student’s struggle with the material is transformed into a lifelong passion to learn.”

Check out the following video to hear from both Dr. Bowen and Dr. Nash about their views on teaching and how they inspire students.

For more info:

Press Release of Dr. Bowen
Press Release of Dr. Nash

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