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Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award


The 2017 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients:

Professor: Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Grossman School of Business
Associate Professor: James Murdoch, Rubenstein Sch Env & Nat Res
Assistant Professor: Melissa Willard-Foster, Political Science
Lecturer: Catherine Bliss, Mathematics & Statistics
About the Award

The Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize faculty for excellent instruction. They memorialize Robert H. and Ruth M. Kroepsch and her parents, Walter C. and Mary L. Maurice. Robert H. Kroepsch served as Registrar and Dean of Administration at UVM from 1946-56. His wife, Ruth, graduated from UVM in 1938 and her father, Walter Maurice, graduated from UVM in 1909. All four of them were teachers.

Areas considered for selection include:

  • Excellence in instruction (including learning experiences outside the traditional classroom)
  • Capacity to animate students and engage them in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding
  • Innovation in teaching methods and/or curriculum development
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity
  • Ability to motivate and challenge students
  • Evidence of excellent advising

Each recipient will receive $2,500.

The 2018 KM nominations are closed.
If you have any questions, please call 656-1155.

Excellence in Teaching: A Discussion with the 2016 Kroepsch-Maurice Award Recipients

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Selection Committee:
Joan Rosebush, Math and Engineering, Committee Chair
Patricia Mardeusz, Bailey/Howe Library
Diane Jaworski, Neurological Sciences
Stephen Dempsey, School of Business Administration
Brenda Solomon, Education and Social Services
Stuart Whitney, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Elizabeth Wright, Environmental Program

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