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Marquette News Briefs
MAY 3, 2013

Four professors honored with Teaching Excellence Awards at Père Marquette Dinner

Four Marquette faculty members were honored at the Père Marquette Dinner tonight with the university's highest teaching honor, Teaching Excellence Awards. Dr. Stephen Franzoi, professor of psychology, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Douglas Lobner, professor of biomedical sciences, College of Health Sciences; and Dr. Robert Lowe, professor of educational policy and leadership, College of Education; received the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Richard Jones, professor of social and cultural sciences, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, received the Robert and Mary Gettel Award for Teaching Excellence at the celebration.

Dr. Rebecca Nowacek, associate professor and director of the Ott Memorial Writing Center, and last year's winner of the Robert and Mary Gettel Award for Teaching Excellence, emceed the event.

The winners expressed their gratitude for being recognized for their work as teacher-scholars, and for the opportunity they have to impact students' lives. "I work to motivate students to become much more than they think they can become," said Jones. "I try to make a difference in their lives while also helping them make a difference in others' lives."

Franzoi said the best kind of learning happens when students can apply what they are learning in the classroom to help them make more intelligent decisions in their personal lives. "It is our responsibility to continually create and recreate a community of knowledge and a journey of discovery for our students," he said.

In his remarks, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., spoke directly to members of the faculty about the essential role envisioned for them in the university's new strategic plan. "In the clearest of terms, your work as teachers and scholars is at the core of our vision, our goals, and our objectives for Marquette's future."

He concluded by saying, "Through your practice of traditions of Jesuit education honed over 500 years, our students grow as people, as citizens and as leaders. They grow in their sense of their unique role in a changing world and their ability to make that world more gentle and just. We must never lose sight of that as we work together to achieve our vision."

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