Since 2001, The Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award
annually recognizes four SMU faculty members for their notable commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. These are teachers whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own disciplines. In student mentoring, in discussions about teaching, and in continuous reflection about their own successes and ways to improve, they represent the highest achievement in reaching the goals of higher education. Guidelines for nomination and selection are here
Recipients receive a $10,000 award and membership in SMU's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. For two years following the award, they participate actively with other members of the Academy in providing campus-wide leadership in teaching and learning.
Here are the 2014 recipients of the Award:
Jamie-Clark-Soles has been a member of the faculty of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology since 2001. She received both her Master of Divinity and PhD degrees from Yale, and her teaching and scholarship both focus on the New Testament.
Her teaching is outstanding in a number of ways. Whether she is lecturing to students in an introductory class or guiding an advanced seminar at the doctoral level, Professor Clark-Soles engages her students at every level of pedagogical endeavor—intellectual, emotional, experiential, cultural, and generational, to name a few. In addition to her very human connections with students in the classroom, Professor Clark-Soles uses technology effectively in teaching, including the use of social media to connect with her students beyond the classroom.
Her ability to inspire and challenge students is reflected in their comments. This one is typical:
Dr. Clark-Soles is truly an incredible professor. She has a God-given talent to teach, inspire and motivate students. She has so much passion each and every class and I truly appreciate that about her. She is so good that I found myself throughout the semester not wanting to disappoint her on any of my work.
She is also a coalition builder, sharing ideas about good teaching practices nationally and internationally through projects such as “Teaching Biblical Exegesis in Theological Schools,” a collaborative project involving twelve participants from North American seminaries and divinity schools. As Dean Lawrence noted in his nomination letter, “Wherever she goes and whatever she does, Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles is a compelling teacher.”
Michael Lattman received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the City College of New York, and has been a member of SMU’s Chemistry department since 1979.
In the words of his department chair, he is the “foundation of the undergraduate program.” He teaches upper level undergraduate courses that help make SMU students among the best prepared in the nation. But he also teaches more than 100 students every year in General Chemistry, personally grading lab reports too numerous to count. His colleagues find that his students are “superbly well prepared” for their later Chemistry classes.
At the same time, he is the backbone of the PhD program – whether in his courses, his mentoring of graduate students, or his research advice, he supports student achievement and career development.
It is not surprising, then, that Professor Lattman’s teaching philosophy captures this devotion to student learning at all levels: “A teacher should provide the student with a learning environment in which the student thrives.” Nor is it surprising that students sing his praises: “The Tuesday evening help session was the most amazing and helpful thing on the face of the earth. . . . He really did everything he could to help us succeed.”
Mickey Quiñones holds the O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair of Organizational Behavior at the Cox School of Business, where he is a highly regarded expert in the field of human resource management as well as organizational development and change.
In teaching, he is a “man for all seasons,” teaching courses at the BBA, full-time MBA, Professional MBA, and Executive MBA levels. His students consistently find his teaching to be clear and engaging, and describe his classes as exciting, compelling, and inclusive. One student pointed to the way Professor Quiñones “walks the talk,” exemplifying in his teaching the qualities of great leadership that he recommends for his students’ professional lives. In all programs, students rate him as one of their best professors.
In 2010, he became the founding academic director of National Hispanic Corporate Council Corporate Executive Development Program. Housed at Cox, this executive education program offers a rigorous curriculum to support the development of high-potential Hispanic managers seeking their first executive management role.
Professor Quiñones is unable to be with us tonight, as he is on sabbatical as a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Empresa School of Business in Madrid – ranked by Forbes as the #5 business school in the world.
Paige Ware received her PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in Education, Language, Literacy and Culture. She is the incoming Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
She is a committed, excellent educator. She has been instrumental in designing Simmons School programs for preparing teachers to work with English learners. Her students frequently remark about the practical and relevant knowledge and skills she provides in her courses. She makes it a priority to keep herself updated on education technology and employs these tools in her classrooms in order to illustrate for students how technology can be leveraged to improve student learning. Her research and scholarship are focused on quality teaching that transcends classrooms and cultures.
Professor Ware is also actively engaged in promoting high-quality teaching across the university. She regularly mentors faculty colleagues one-on-one, and she makes presentations at all-university programs sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. This year she has co-chaired a university committee studying online course options for SMU undergraduates.
Professor Ware connects with her students, and connects them to the world. She uses technology to bring SMU students together with their peers in Chile, China, Russia and Spain, and uses human relationships to organize classes and programs within Dallas schools, creating authentic learning experiences for the students while also serving the community.
It is clear that students love and appreciate her teaching. As one graduate student commented, “This has been my favorite class of my Ph.D. program. It was interactive and educational. There was never a dull moment, and I feel like I access the information learned in this class on a daily basis.”