An English professor at Emory & Henry College has been honored by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, becoming the latest on a long list of E&H faculty members to receive state or national recognition for teaching excellence.
Dr. Nicole Drewitz-Crockett has been awarded the 2016 H. Hiter Harris Rising Star Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Her teaching emphasizes to students the intersection between their inquiry and their personal worldview. “I want my students to see that who they are and how they see the world matters: they may ask important questions that others may not even consider. Those questions, their answers, and the wrestling in between have revolutionary potential.”
As students delve into their personal relationships with their world, she asks students to see themselves as members of the community surrounding the E&H campus.
Whether this area is home to them or not, living here even for a season of life will help shape them, especially if they see a connection between what they are learning in class and service-learning projects they are involved in off campus.Drewitz-Crockett
Since coming to Emory & Henry in 2012 has assumed directorship of the Emory & Henry Literary Festival and has taken on the editorship of The Iron Mountain Review, which is a publication of the proceedings of the Festival. She also has published extensively and presented at numerous conferences.
This award to Drewitz-Crockett represents the 18th state or national award given to an E&H professor in the last 28 years. She is the third E&H professor to be honored by the VFIC.