Which professor has made the biggest impact on your Wesleyan education?
If you’re a junior, senior, graduate student or Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD), then you’re eligible to nominate your favorite faculty member for the prestigious Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching honor.
The Binswanger Prize was inaugurated in 1993 as an institutional recognition of outstanding faculty members. These prizes, made possible by gifts from the family of the late Frank G. Binswanger Sr., HON ’85, underscore Wesleyan’s commitment to its scholar-teachers, who are responsible for the university’s distinctive approach to liberal arts education. Prize winners are announced at Commencement and each recipient receives a citation and monetary prize made possible by the generosity of the Binswanger family.
Current faculty who have taught at Wesleyan for at least 10 years are eligible. Previous recipients are excluded for a period of 12 years after which they become eligible once again.
The criteria for selecting the recipients is excellence in teaching, as exemplified by commitment to the classroom and student accomplishment, intellectual demands placed on students, lucidity and passion. Recommendations may be based on any of the types of teaching that are done at the university including, but not limited to, teaching in lecture courses, seminars, laboratories, creative and performance-based courses, research tutorials and other individual and group tutorials at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Recipients are chosen by a selection committee of faculty, emeriti, and members of the Alumni Association Executive Committee.
To learn more about recent Binswanger recipients, see these past Wesleyan Connection articles.
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