Published: Sept. 22, 2023

Bethany WilcoxAssistant Professor Bethany Wilcox has been recognized for her outstanding teaching with two awards from CU Boulder this year. She is the recipient of both the Best Should Teach Award and ASSETT’s Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award in 2023!  

The Best Should Teach Award recognizes faculty for excellence in teaching and academic leadership and is managed by the Center for Teaching & Learning in coordination with the School of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences at CU Boulder. Launched in 1996 by educator Lindley Stiles and his wife Marguerite Stiles, the Best Should Teach Initiative honors Stiles’ motto “To those who come, I leave the flame! Hold it as high as you can reach. If a better world is your aim, all must agree: The Best Should Teach.”

Student nominations are a key part of the selection process for the Best Should Teach Award, with one student commenting “No one can exemplify [the Best Should Teach] motto better than Dr. Wilcox. I interpret the 'flame' as the desire to learn. It is the desire to want to stand up to challenges, the desire to amplify the grit needed to succeed. Bethany not only invokes this 'flame' when she is teaching, but she knows how to feed it as the semesters drag on to keep it strong and alive inside each and every one of her students.”

Wilcox also received this year’s ASSETT Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. This award recognizes a faculty member for their record of excellence in teaching with technology. Recipients must also show demonstrated commitment and leadership in promoting ASSETT’s mission of advancing teaching and learning within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Wilcox remarked "I want to give a heartfelt thank you to the students in my course for making teaching such a joy, as well as to the students who contributed nominations for these awards. Recognition of the time and energy that goes into setting up a successful and supportive learning environment cannot be more meaningful than when it comes from the students themselves."

In honor of these awards, Professor Wilcox will present the keynote address at the upcoming Fall Celebration of Excellence in Teaching with Technology on September 25.