Winning just a few of these awards would be an outstanding achievement, but to win consistently over the years and with professors representing a broad range of disciplines speaks to the fundamental excellence of this institution and the strength and relevance of its mission. Jake Schrum
President, Emory & Henry College
Emory & Henry’s record for teaching excellence is well documented. During the last 27 years, Emory & Henry has been represented 17 times by the recipients of major state and national awards for teaching. When adjusted for the size of the student population, this record for teaching awards is the best among all Virginia colleges and universities.
A Track Record of Teaching Excellence
The awards include one U.S. Professor of the Year Award given in 1999 to Dr. Stephen Fisher, professor emeritus of political science, by CASE and The Carnegie Foundation. The honors also include seven other Virginia Professor of the Year Awards given by CASE to Dr. Scott Boltwood in the English Department in 2013, Dr. Jim Duchamp of the Chemistry Department in 2011, Dr. Jack Roper in 2005, Dr. Teresa Keller in 2003, Dr. Ed Damer of the Philosophy Department in 1989, Dr. Kathleen Chamberlain of the English Department in 1993, and Dr. David Copeland, a former E&H professor who taught in the Mass Communications Department, in 1997.
Six Emory & Henry professors have been the recipients of a second state-wide award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, which is given annually by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). E&H recipients of this award include Dr. Michael Lane, chemistry, 2014; Keller, 2010; Duchamp, 2009; Dr. John Lang, english, 1999; Fisher, 1996; and Dr. Samir Saliba, political science, 1994.
In 1997, Saliba was honored as Professor of the Year by the National Higher Education Foundation of the United Methodist Church. In 2012, Lane was honored with the Hiter H. Harris Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is given by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges. In 2014, Dr. Alma Ramirez, professor of Spanish, became the second E&H professor to be honored by the VFIC, when she was awarded the H. Hiter H. Harris Rising Star Award.
The many teaching honors reflect Emory & Henry’s intense emphasis on an academic environment dedicated to transforming lives, according to E&H President Jake Schrum. “Winning just a few of these awards would be an outstanding achievement, but to win consistently over the years and with professors representing a broad range of disciplines speaks to the fundamental excellence of this institution and the strength and relevance of its mission,” the president said.
Quality education depends on quality teaching. In the last 26 years, eight E&H professors have been named Virginia or U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education — a feat unmatched by any college or university in the state of Virginia. During the last 19 years, six Emory & Henry professors have received the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. When adjusted for the size of the institution, this record is unmatched by any other college or university in Virginia. Learn more our Faculty Awards Archive. More about Faculty Awards…
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Emory & Henry College is consistently honored for its achievements and is ranked on the national level. From accolades such as the Presidential Award for Service Learning—the highest national recognition for community service and service learning—to ranking in the top tiers of Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and many more, Emory & Henry College continues to prove how it is truly a college that changes lives. More about Rankings & Recognitions…
According to measurements of student satisfaction conducted by the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), Emory & Henry students rate their college well above the national average for four-year institutions with regard to the quality of the instruction they receive and the effectiveness of their academic advisors. At the same time, student engagement at Emory & Henry far outpaces student engagement at most institutions of higher education, according to surveys conducted by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). More about Satisfaction & Engagement…