Class Acts Take Faculty
Oct. 8, 1998
Four college professors are being honored with national awards
in Washington today for their innovative teaching methods and
commitment to undergraduate education.
More than 500 professors were nominated for the annual U.S.
Professors of the Year program, sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching, based in California, and the Council
for the Advancement and Support of Education, based in Washington.
Winners, who each receive $5,000, are:
Baccalaureate college: Hong Gang Jin, professor of Chinese
at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Among other achievements, Jin
helped establish a consortium through which 35-40 students from 20
U.S. institutions study in Beijing. She has published four books on
Community college: Cathleen Kennedy, professor of computer
and information science, College of San Mateo, in California.
Among other achievements, Kennedy spearheaded a campus
technology lab that lets students work with professionals on new
technology, adapted a computer science course for distance learning,
and developed an on-line interactive advising program that students
use to prepare for sessions with their academic counselor.
Master's university and college: Gayle Seymour, professor of
art, University of Central Arkansas, in Conway. In 1996, her
students wrote a grant proposal that took them to Washington, where
they participated in a Smithsonian Institution meeting on outdoor
Last semester, her seniors collaborated with local
ninth-graders to create a 15-foot-by-45-foot mural.
Research and doctoral university: Sujeet Shenoi, professor
of computer science, University of Tulsa. Six years ago, Shenoi
developed the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, aimed at
attracting Oklahoma students who might otherwise attend out-of-state