Every year, at the Fall faculty meeting of the College, the W. Russell Smith Award
for Teaching Excellence is presented to a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who
has been teaching in the College for at least three years.
It has become abundantly clear in recent years that we have several individuals every
year who are worthy of receiving the award. Therefore, beginning in 2005, the Dean's
office of the College has also awarded a "College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence" to two tenured/tenure-track faculty members in the College in addition to the W.
Russell Smith Award for Teaching Excellence.
In 2005 the College introduced the "College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching
Excellence" to be presented to two faculty members. The award was created to acknowledge
the excellence in teaching that can be found across the college. Selection of the
recipients is based first and foremost on nominations by graduating seniors. The award
consists of a plaque and a monetary award.
The first recipient this year is Dr. Shelby Crosby of the Department of English. The second recipient this year of the Award for Teaching
Excellence is Dr. Francisco Vivar of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Dr. Crosby researches Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century African American literature.
She is particularly interested in representations of black women and their connection
to the American body politic and nation building.
In terms of teaching, Dr. Crosby believes in a participatory pedagogical approach
to the classroom. Through her teaching, she would like to promote community action,
individual growth, critical thinking and writing skills.
Francisco Vivar received his Ph. D at The University of California, L.A. (UCLA) in
1996. He has published three books, Quevedo y su Espana imaginada, La Numancia de Cervantes y la memoria de un mito y Don
Quijote frente a los caballeros de los tiempos modernos.
He has also written numerous articles about various authors and topics of the Spanish
Golden Age. He teaches Advance Conversation, IMBA, Middle Ages, Golden Age, Spanish
for Commerce among other subjects.