The Michael O. Sawyer Chair
in Constitutional Law, 1994.
A. Bantle Chair in Business and
Government Policy, 1994.
B. and Daphna Cramer Professors of
Gerald B. Cramer Professor
of Aging Studies, 1999.
The Maxwell Professors
of Teaching Excellence, 1999.
The Krisher Professor of
The George Bennett Professor
of Accounting, 2000.
and Josephine Snyder Professor of Innovation
and Entrepreneurship, 2000.
in 2000, these awards honor faculty of extraordinary achievement and promise
for even greater contributions in the future. The first Trustee Professors were
announced in 2001. They are: Benita Blachman, School of Education; Douglas Holtz-Eakin,
Maxwell School and College of Arts and Sciences; Robert J. Thompson, Newhouse
School; and John Yinger, Maxwell School and A&S.
University received the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award in 1996 for
its transformation to a student-centered research university.
This award is sponsored by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity
Association/College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA/CREF) to
recognize successful, innovative faculty development programs
that enhance undergraduate teaching and inspire the growth of
such initiatives at America’s colleges and universities.
of Higher Learning Lauds SU Reforms
the July-August 2001 issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher
Learning, University of Connecticut professor Barbara D.
Wright takes a look at Syracuse’s progress, five years after
receiving the Hesburgh Award, in achieving its goal of becoming
the nation’s leading student-centered research university. Wright
likes much of what she sees. “I found an institution,” she writes,
“that has been brilliantly successful over the last 10 years.”
The has special praise
for the University’s readiness to put its money where its future is. She points
to faculty salary incentives tied to teaching achievements, such as the Meredith
Professorships; the Vision Fund, which helps promote creativity in the classroom;
and the Gateway Fellowships, aimed specifically at the enhancement of lower-division
courses. She is also impressed by the attention given to teaching concerns in
the mentoring of new faculty and in the work of the Center for Support of Teaching
Vice Chancellor and Provost
Deborah A. Freund believes that with the University’s commitment to undergraduate
teaching and learning now firmly in place, it’s time to focus renewed energy
on the research mission of the student-centered research university. “We are
different from a small liberal arts college and I’m proud of it,” Freund says,
pointing to the advantages of having top researchers on the faculty. Wright
registers a warning about a possible loss of momentum for student-centered reform,
but adds: “My sense is, if anybody can pull this off, it’s Syracuse University.”
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