Teaching Award Recipients for the 2004-2005 Academic Year

Senior Award: John Laursen of Political Science

John Christian Laursen is an exemplary teacher at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Political Science department chair credits Professor Laursen with an important role in the remarkable success of their Ph.D. students in securing tenure-track positions. As dissertation advisor and mentor, Professor Laursen is known for his commitment to his students and for his ongoing engagement with his students in collaborative research projects. Beyond this crucial involvement in the graduate program, Professor Laursen is clearly an equally dedicated undergraduate professor, one who is particularly successful in motivating students, even in large classes, to excel and preparing them for future success in graduate school or law school. The comments on Professor Laursen's course evaluations reiterate the same virtues over and over again: "approachable," "helpful," "knowledgeable," and "hard."

Junior Award: Andrew Jacobs of Religious Studies

Andrew Jacobs has a remarkable teaching record as an assistant professor. Often teaching classes with over 200 students, his evaluations attest again and again that his classes challenge students, but gave them all the tools they needed to thrive. He is universally regarded as "professional," "organized," "good-humored," "thoughtful," "illuminating," and "fun." Students have particular praise for his website as an invaluable and always available resource. As his chair, June O'Conner testifies, he is a natural teacher, skilled in oral communication, who "wisely supplements this natural ability with conscientious preparation and imaginative pedagogy."

John Laursen

Andrew Jacobs

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