Amanda Marcotte, assistant professor, Department of Student Development, received the 2014 College Outstanding Teacher Award. The College of Education’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Linda Griffin, announced the award at the College’s end-of-year meeting in May.
Griffin also read some quotes from Marcotte’s students, including these: “Being a University faculty member requires much more than classroom teaching. It requires an individual who will motivate, support, mentor and guide students in their academic and professional pursuits. Dr. Marcotte excels at every aspect of her job.”; and, “Dr. Marcotte is a dynamic engaging, informative, and fun instructor. She brings her material to life, applies it to individual interest and personalities, and promotes experiential learning. The material I learned from her courses in the most practical and helpful for my school-based work of any course to date.”
The College Outstanding Teacher Award program was instituted as a complement to the Distinguished Teaching Awards given by the UMass Amherst Graduate School. The purpose of the award is to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments within their own colleges. The awards are given during the spring semester and recipients are recognized at Undergraduate Commencement.