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Evan C Thompson Endowed Term Professorship for Excellence in Teaching: April 6

March 13, 2007, Volume 53, No. 25

The Provost’s Office announces nominations for the Evan C Thompson Endowed Term Professorship for Excellence in Teaching will be accepted now through April 6, 2007. Wharton alumnus Evan Thompson, ’64, endowed the Thompson Professorship in 2003 to recognize tenured faculty in the Penn schools with undergraduate programs: Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Wharton. Dr. Dennis DeTurck, professor of mathematics and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences was the first recipient of this endowed professorship. His term began in 2004 and expires at the end of the current academic year.

Those nominating candidates should consider faculty with a record of superior teaching skills and the capacity to consistently inspire students. Nominations may come from undergraduate or graduate students, or faculty colleagues. Since the Thompson Professorship rotates among the four undergraduate schools, faculty members whose primary appointment is in the School of Arts and Sciences are not eligible for the current cycle. A faculty committee chaired by the Associate Provost will select the new Thompson Professor.

The criteria for the Thompson Professorship include proven excellence in teaching; accessibility to students; exceptional leadership skills; a track record of innovation; a reputation for fairness; and reverence for learning. The chair holder must be an effective supervisor of student researchers, and be skillful at teaching in a variety of formats and settings. The teaching activities for which the award is granted must be in one of the undergraduate degree programs of the University.

The holder of the Thompson Professorship will serve for a term of three years beginning in the fall 2007 term. Chair holders will receive funds to support their educational innovations and are expected to present a lecture to the Penn community. Nominations should be sent by Friday, April 6 to Associate Provost Andy Binns at assocprv@pobox.upenn.edu. For more information, call (215) 898-7225.


Almanac - March 13, 2007, Volume 53, No. 25