Distinguished Professor Award – Great News!

Per Don’s email, which I’ll include below, I am very excited to know that the cat is finally out of the hat!

Congratulations PhiloDave on being this year’s HWC Distinguished Professor!

It is a well deserved honor (and IMHO, one that you should have received a couple of years ago).

Ok kids, feel free to leave your kind words, or heck, go ahead and roast the man. It don’t matter.

Perhaps you just want to give him a pat on the back the next time you see him. That’ll be fine too!

In any case, here’s to a professor that epitomizes the words college and community.

One last thing: Since we will not hear from Dave at this year’s graduation (bwah, bwah, bwah), I’m suggesting that he be the main speaker at the Fall State of the College get-together. I can think of no better way of making this more personal.

Ok, here’s Don’s email (he’s much more eloquent than this peep):

To the Harold Washington College Community,

Please join me in congratulating this year’s Distinguished Professor, David W. Richardson.

Professor Richardson is an Assistant Professor who teaches a wide range of general education philosophy and humanities courses that emphasize active learning and facilitating student engagement with primary philosophical and literary texts.

Professor Richardson serves as an active member of the Harold Washington College community. He has served for the last two and a half years on Faculty Council, including one as Secretary and one and a half as Vice President. In his role as Secretary, he created The Harold Lounge, a blog site that he has since continued to administer. Other activities at the college have included work with the Women’s Studies Committee, including a year as Secretary, the Assessment Committee, and many other college wide and departmental initiatives, including chairing Humanifest-OH!, the Humanities Department’s annual Festival of the Arts from 2006 to 2008 and again in 2010. He was named Employee of the Month in February of 2009.

Mr. Richardson’s teaching career began with a TV course in 1997. Three years later, he was hired as an adjunct at Columbia and Harold Washington Colleges and thereby convinced to quit his full-time job as a whiskey slinger on Division Street and commit himself to the possibility of a teaching career. Hired to the full-time faculty at Harold Washington for fall 2003, he was named department chair a year later, where he served for four years, earning tenure in 2006.

Having personally observed Professor Richardson in the classroom, I can attest to his skill at engaging students and pushing them outside of their comfort zone to wrestle with challenging texts and concepts. The Harold Washington Community is enriched by Professor Richardson’s excellence as a faculty member.

Distinguished Professor Announcement

From your email:

Please Join Us in Congratulating
Dr. Thomas Higgins of the Physical Sciences Dept.
as this years
Distinguished Professor
(It was that Summer CDL philosophy class that you took back (what is it now, ten? twelve?) years ago with some adjunct that set you on the right path, right? Had to be…just kidding, of course.)
Congratulations, Tom! It is an award well earned and well deserved, Professor. I shall wear gloves and my safety goggles when we go out to celebrate, and I’ll be disappointed if a Bunson Burner is not involved somehow.

Distinguished Professor Nominations Announcement

From our VP–pick somebody and nominate their glorious selves:

As you know, the Distinguished Professor Award is the highest honor given to a selected tenured faculty member in recognition of his/her excellence in the following categories: Teaching Excellence, Service to the Union, Service to the College, Service to the Community, and Academic Contributions.

Any full-time tenured faculty member may be nominated by his/her colleagues and will be considered for recommendation by the committee so long as the nomination packet is completed and submitted by the given deadline and addresses the stated criteria.  Per contract, the committee, by consensus, will recommend one tenured faculty member to be considered by the President.  If the recommendation is accepted, the President will recommend the tenured faculty member to the Chancellor.

Upon acceptance by the Chancellor, the tenured faculty member selected to be HWC’s 2010-2011 Distinguished Professor will receive a $5000 honorarium and will be honored at this year’s graduation ceremony.  The Distinguished Professor will also be expected to:

o Possibly speak at the graduation

o Submit

§ A photo

§ A 1-page biographical statement

§ A 1-page statement of educational philosophy

o Attend the Excellence Awards Luncheon

o Speak at the Union banquet

Colleagues, we encourage you to assist us in identifying this year’s recipient of our college’s highest honor for tenured faculty, the lifeblood of our institution.  Nominations will be due by March 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM.

Please submit nomination packets to George Bickford, Assistant Dean of Instruction, in Room 1149.

With warmest regards,

The 2010-2011 Distinguished Professor Award Committee

Congratulations Are in Order

I’ve been meaning to get to a post on the April Board Report all week, but can’t seem to get there.

The most important thing, though, in my estimation, is the announcement of our Distinguished Professor:

Sherry Ledbetter.

What a spectacular nomination and choice.

On another stage, congratulations are due as well to Ellen Eason Montgomery who was elected this week to be the President of District Wide Faculty Council.

In short, HW Rules!!

Distinguished Professor Nominations Extended

So, the new deadline for nominations and portfolios of nominees is Thursday, March 25th. Keep in mind a couple of things: this is the highest, and only, form of peer recognition that we have. Most likely, the date got extended because people were a little caught up with midterms and didn’t get their nominations in.

So, if you thought about nominating someone, now is your chance. It’s a tremendously prestigious award (financially rewarding, too!). We have a ton of great faculty; let’s get us a great candidate for distinguished professor.

Think about your colleagues who do great work–teaching, serving students and the college, making Harold Washington a great college–then take a little time to put their wonders into words. This is our chance to tell our colleagues how amazing we think they are–something that none of us hear often enough for the impact on lives that we have.

Make it happen. Nominate someone. Today.

Distinguished Professor Nominations Due 3/17 and Idol Update

Don’t forget to nominate someone for Distinguished Professor! We have a lot of very worthy people on our faculty who deserve recognition (and there’s money, too!). Here’s the nomination information:

Nomination Deadline:  March 17, 2010

Submit the nomination form to Sandra Gaona, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, 11th floor.

Criteria for Nomination:

Nominee must demonstrate evidence of meeting the following criteria:

  1. Teaching Excellence

2.   Service to Students

3. Community Service

4.  Professionalism

5.   Service Excellence

Procedure for Nomination:

The following procedures must be followed to nominate a person for this award:

  1. An official nomination form, signed by individual(s) who nominated the candidate, must be completed. The nomination must be made by a full time faculty member or administrator.
  2. A Nomination Portfolio must be submitted, that includes the following documents:
  • an updated CV or resume, submitted by the candidate
  • a letter of acceptance (2 pages maximum), including a statement in which candidate agrees to complete the following responsibilities, if recommended and accepted:
    • Submission of Photo for Distinguished Professor Perpetual Plaque
    • Attendance at the Excellence Awards Luncheon
    • Speaking at the Union Banquet
    • Completion of a biographical statement (1 page)
    • Completion of a statement of educational philosophy (1 page)
    • a letter of recommendation  (2 pages maximum)
    • any appropriate, written documentation that the candidate has met the award criteria

And former HW Student Crystal Bowersox performs on American Idol tonight. They’re down to the final 12! 7pm on Fox.