Cristine Smith Receives College Outstanding Teaching Award

Cristine Crispin Smith, was one of two faculty members chosen to receive the College of Education’s 2015-16 College Outstanding Teacher Award. The awards honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments.  The awards are based on nominations and comments from students – some of which included:

Cris really takes an interest in her students, their professional development, their career paths, their learning and their work/life balance.


Cris is a true trainer at heart and leads all her classes as a training, engaging the active participation of the students, involving them in directing their own learning, and coming up with engaging ways to teach new content.


Her dynamism, care, and concern for all students made her one of the most popular teachers in the education department. She made every student feel that they had valuable insights and that she valued us as people, not just as UMASS students