Outstanding Lecturer Award

The Award for 2017

This year, I am proud to announce that we have a new award to present — The Outstanding Lecturer Award.  This year, we have two recipients who will be presented with this award. Our first recipient came to Towson University as a Lecturer just over 30 years ago and received the FCSM University and Professional Service Award in 2013.  Our awardee has made very valuable contributions to his/her discipline.  Our recipient has been a very dedicated teacher of  courses in his/her discipline, a sought-after partner on departmental grant efforts involving professional development workshops for teachers all over the state and beyond, performed clinical supervision of student and elementary education interns, delivered presentations at various local and regional conferences, published articles in the form of professional insights through published letters to the editor and special section contributions in peer-reviewed math journals, performed community service outside of TU, and taught a course at Goucher College during the summers for 15 years.  One of the nominators indicated that “our recipient’s work has no doubt raised the profile of Towson University and its reputation”.  Another nominator indicated that our recipient has among the most consistently high scores on course evaluations” that she has ever seen. She went on to say that “students typically give our awardee scores in the 4.8-5.0 range.”  A student indicated that our recipient “explained concepts clearly,” “encouraged me to do my best,” “was open to questions and encouraged students to ask,” and “was always available to answer any questions.” Another student indicated that “explanations were clear and useful” and that our recipient “is the sweetest person ever and wants you to succeed” and “is an incredibly helpful, knowledgeable professor whose excitement for the [subject matter] makes learning the content very engaging.” Still another student indicated “I learned a lot of helpful strategies that I will absolutely make use of in the classroom.”

It is my great pleasure to present this award to Ms. Judy Macks from the Mathematics Department.  Unfortunately, Judy cannot be with us today, so the Chair of her department, Dr. Michael O’Leary will accept on her behalf.

(As presented by Associate Dean Vonnie Shields at the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Forum on December 8, 2017.)