CU-Boulder Students Select Recipients Of 2007 Teaching Recognition Award

May 8, 2007

Highlighting the best teachers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, students have selected four faculty members to receive the 2007 Teaching Recognition Awards.

The recipients are senior instructors Sally Elliot, Janet DeGrazia, Brett King and Ray MacFee.

Every spring since 1962 students have voted for outstanding teachers in the only CU-Boulder faculty awards program chosen and administered by undergraduate students. The program is conducted by the Herd, the student arm of the CU-Boulder Alumni Association, and is based on student nominations and online voting.

Each winner was presented with a plaque in his or her classroom the week of April 30th. The four faculty members also each received a $500 prize, funded by the Alumni Association's Directors Club.

MacFee, of the Leeds School of Business, teaches a class of more than 150 students. He collected his third Teaching Recognition Award, having won previously in 2003 and 2005. MacFee was praised by one student voter who wrote, "He is very inspiring and teaches people not only from the book but from the heart."

One student said of King, who also won in 2005, "His passion for the subject is captivating and inspiring." King was honored for teaching a psychology class of between 76 and 150 students.

Elliot, of the department of art and art history, won for classes under 25. According to one student, "She shows us who we are and where we are headed."

DeGrazia, of chemical and biological engineering, was recognized for classes between 26 and 75 students, and was praised as a faculty member who "shows a genuine interest in the students."