Lauren Brown awarded U101 honor
By Liz McCarthy
Lauren Brown is the recipient of the 2014 M. Stuart Hunter Award for Outstanding Teaching in University 101. A committee of faculty, staff and students selected Brown from the 266 nominations (for 118 instructors) submitted by University 101 students. Brown was nominated by five students.
While this is the sixth consecutive year that the award has been given, Brown is the first recipient of award under a new title, honoring the legacy of Mary Stuart Hunter who is a leader in the first-year experience movement and has been at the University of South Carolina for 37 years.
Brown will be recognized on May 27 at the University 101 Building Connections Conference, an annual professional development event for instructors of the University 101 course. At the luncheon, she will share reflections on how she has demonstrated some of the criteria for the award in her classroom.
Brown was applauded by the committee for her dedication to empowering her students in their transition to Carolina. Her students wrote about the dynamic classroom setting she fosters through humor, authenticity and compassion. Through her advocacy for her students’ success, Brown has helped form the foundations for meaningful college experiences.
The committee appreciated Brown’s commitment to developing relationships with students and focusing in their academic and personal success. This combined with her demonstrated devotion for the course and quality student feedback further encouraged the committee to award Brown as the recipient of the 2014 Award for Outstanding Teaching in University 101.
Find out more about the award's criteria and previous winners here.
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