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Excellence in Teaching Award in Honor of Ralph M. Besse

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Award Overview:

The Excellence in Teaching Award in Honor of Ralph M. Besse is presented annually for up to 4 full-time faculty members and up to 4 part-time faculty members, college-wide, selected for exceptional professional competence and commitment to helping students succeed. Specifically, these award winners demonstrate a commitment to academic quality, stimulation of intellectual development, and investment with students within and beyond the classroom. Students are the initial driver of the list of nominees. The award is given in honor of Ralph M. Besse, Cleveland community leader and champion of higher education, who was instrumental in founding Tri-C.


Award Highlights:

  • A maximum of eight awards will be announced (four full-time faculty and four adjuncts).
  • Awards are College-wide and not based on campus location or discipline.
  • Lecturers are eligible to receive the Adjunct Award.
  • Students are the initial driver of the list of nominees.
  • Nominees must have at least one recommendation submitted by College-wide faculty/staff in order to remain eligible for selection committee review.
  • Winners will be announced at Fall 2018 Convocation.

Call for Nominations:   

The student and staff/faculty nomination period for the AY2018-2019 winners has concluded. Final awardees will be announced at Fall 2018 Convocation.

Previous Winners:

Click here for the previous Full-time Besse Award Winners

Click here for the previous Adjunct Besse Award Winners

The 2017-2018 Excellence in Teaching Award Winners:

Full-time Faculty

  1. Kristine Glasener, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Eastern Campus
  2. John Thomas, Associate Professor, Veterinary Technology, Western Campus
  3. Henry Young, Professor, Speech Communications, Metropolitan Campus

Adjunct Faculty/Lecturers

  1. Priyanka Banerjie, Adjunct Faculty, Earth Sciences, Eastern Campus
  2. Colleen Clark-Sutton, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology, Eastern Campus
  3. Jaydip DasGupta, Lecturer, Biology, Eastern Campus
  4. Pamela Simmons, Lecturer, Accounting, Western Campus

The Besse Award Winners presenting a roundtable discussion at Faculty Colloquium:

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From left to right: John Thomas, Pamela Simmons, Colleen-Clark Sutton, Henry Young, Priyanka Banerjie, Kristine Glasener (not pictured: Jaydip DasGupta)

The Besse Award Winners at Fall 2017 Convocation:

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Standing left to right: Colleen Clark-Sutton, Kristine Glasener, Jaydip DasGupta
Seated left to right: Pamela Simmons, John Thomas, Priyanka Banerjie
(Not pictured: Henry Young)

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