December 3, 2013
Book of Great Teachers gains 68 names
Inductees into the Book of Great Teachers are listed on a bronze-and-walnut wall display in the west foyer of the Union. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)
Sixty-eight Purdue professors were honored Monday (Dec. 2) when they were inducted into the Book of Great Teachers, which honors outstanding teaching faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom.
Held every five years, the induction ceremony took place in Purdue Memorial Union. President Mitch Daniels and Dale Whittaker, vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, spoke at the event.
Automatically included in the Book of Great Teachers were professors with 10 years of service to the University who previously have been honored with the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, recognized as Indiana Professor of the Year or named by the trustees as distinguished professors of teaching. Other inductees had at least 15 years of service to the University and were nominated by students, alumni and colleagues. Three professors were inducted posthumously.
"The Book of Great Teachers is an important symbol of a greater legacy, which is the tens of the thousands of lives that have been changed by these extraordinary teachers," Whittaker says. "We're honored to add this new class of teachers to the legacy."
Everyone inducted into the Book of Great Teachers is listed on a bronze-and-walnut wall display in the west foyer of the Union. The display was first unveiled in 1999. Including the most recently inducted professors, the book includes 384 names.
Professors honored were, by college:
Lawrence DeBoer Jr.
John Dunning Jr.
Paul Siciliano Jr.
Sandra Abell (posthumously)
Teresa Taber Doughty
Charles Babbs Jr.
Health and Human Sciences
E. Marsella Smith (posthumously)
Thomas Nunn (Purdue North Central)
Harold Kirkwood Jr.
Melvin Mellon (posthumously)
Science and Education
Henry Kraebber, Jr.
Herman Stoelk (IUPUI, posthumously)
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