The W. Russell Smith Award, established in 1981, is the College's highest honor for
teaching excellence. The selection of a recipient is based primarily on nominations
by seniors who are asked to nominate up to three of their professors who have taught
for at least three years in the College.
What adds to the prestige of this award is the number of faculty members who are nominated
by students. Of the more than 200 faculty members eligible for the award this past
year, almost 90% received at least one nomination from a student, certainly a testimony
to the quality and impact of the teaching in our college.
The award consists of a plaque and a cash award of $500. This year's winner of the
W. Russell Smith Award for Teaching Excellence is Dr. Ladrica Menson-Furr of the Department of English.