Presidential Teacher Award finalists announced

(02-14-2012)

Now in its fifth year, the Adams State College Presidential Teacher Award acknowledges professors dedication to their students and recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring.

In the fall, Dr. Michael Mumper, senior vice president for Enrollment Management/Program Development, formed a committee of undergraduate students, Victoria Miranda, English; Chelsea Oden, music; Ben Pluta, teacher education; and Matias Tofoya, mathematics -- they requested Adams State undergraduate students nominate professors who they feel best exemplify what it means to be a great college teacher. More than 120 nominations were submitted.

The five finalists are Dr. Jared Beeton, assistant professor of earth sciences; Dr. Robert Benson, professor of earth sciences; Dr. Mari Centeno, associate professor of political science; Dr. Stuart Hilwig, professor of history; and Dr. Beth Robison, assistant professor of music.

The three winners will be announced later in the spring semester.

The committee members will observe the finalists in their classrooms and conduct personal interviews. During the interviews, the candidates will discuss their teaching philosophy, classroom practices, non-classroom advising and mentoring activities, and the Presidential Teacher course the finalist is proposing.

The Presidential Teacher will receive $1500 to support his or her professional development and the opportunity to teach a special Presidential Teacher Course during the next academic year. Mumper said the winners will be announced after spring break.