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Excellence in Teaching Award

A teacher affects eternity: one can never tell where their influence stops.
– Henry Brooks Adams

The Excellence in Teaching Award honors a high school, college or postgraduate teacher’s dedication. Educators in all areas of photographic teaching are eligible, including fine art, documentary, history and criticism.

FROM THE FOUNDERS
We established the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 to recognize great teaching and its exceptional contribution to photographers’ artistic and personal development. The award recognizes teachers who demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, an ability to excite students to learn, a respect for students as individuals, and an enduring artistic curiosity.

Criteria

// Educators need to have a genuine passion for teaching
// An ability to excite students to learn
// A respect for students as individuals
// An enduring artistic curiosity

Nominations and Selections

Students were invited to nominate educators by submitting an email to suzanna@visitcenter.org limited to three paragraphs describing why the teacher should receive this award. A selection committee chose the recipient based on the founding criteria: a genuine passion for teaching, an ability to excite students to learn, a respect for students as individuals, and an enduring artistic curiosity.

Award Winners

Joe Johnson
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art, University of Missouri at Columbia

HONORABLE MENTION

Sara Silks
Olathe East High School, Olathe, Kansas
Sheilah Wilson
Denison University, Granville, Ohio

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