GSE Teaching Award: Dr. McCaffree

The 1998 recipient of the Graduate School of Education's Excellence in Teaching Award is Dr. Konstance McCaffree, a lecturer in the Human Sexuality Education Program at GSE since 1985. The award will be presented at the school commencement ceremony on May 18.

The Graduate School of Education singles out for this award those who have "a strong commitment to teaching and learning," who demonstrates an interest and enthusiasm for both the course material and for the students, and who is intellectually challenging and stimulating. In addition to a cash award, the name of each winner is added to the Outstanding Teaching Award plaque in the entrance to GSE's building.

Dr. McCaffree is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin who took her M.S. at SUNY College at Cortland, and her Ph.D. at NYU in health education, specializing in human sexualtiy. She is a certified sexuality educator. Students who recommended her for this award said, among other things: "Her intellectual prowess, vast educational experience, creativity, energy, guidance and openness has made her one of the best instructors I have ever encountered in my 22 years as a student" ... "She challenges us to think critically and intellectually and proves a medium by which we may develop professionally and personally"... "She will definitely be one of the teachers that I will remember for years to come. There has been little I have done that has not reflected and modeled the ultimate of this most excellent instructor"..."She is always challenging, creative, and enlightening, with a complementary flair for support and flexibility" ..."She has not only taught me how to teach, but how to learn" and, "When I think of Konnie McCaffree, I know she is why I want to be an educator."

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 31, April 28, 1998