Posted by Sean Flynt for Natalie Heard on 2011-02-17

By Natalie Heard

History professor Jason Wallace was honored with the 2011 Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher award in February.

“While there were several exceptional candidates nominated this year, Dr. Wallace received the strongest, most passionate support from his students,” said biology professor Lawrence Davenport, who chaired the selection committee for this year's award. “

Award candidates were nominated by seniors and faculty in Howard College of Arts and Sciences. Greater consideration is given to professors with strong support among student nominations. Wallace was credited by many students for his “life-changing” work in their lives, Davenport said.

Recent history graduate Hunter Martiniere said Wallace was, “the first professor to demand more of me than I was willing to offer at the time. “It was he who taught me how to think and prepared me for the world ahead".

Wallace credited his award to “generous students and kind colleagues," and noted that his teaching is inspired by his own former professors. “They helped me to see that the classroom need not be driven by trends, personality, or felt needs,” Wallace said.

Wallace said his favorite part about teaching is when clarity breaks through confusion. “The dynamic of being overwhelmed by an author or a historical event, and then recognizing significance or new horizons of meaning, keeps the classroom rewarding.”


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