Wharton Alumnus Endows Term Professorship
for Excellence in Teaching
Evan Thompson, '64, has pledged
$1 million to endow a professorship that recognizes teaching
excellence. The chair will be called the Evan C Thompson Endowed
Term Professorship for Excellence in Teaching.
"All of us who are lucky enough to come across
a dedicated classroom teacher know how significantly the experience
influences us," said Mr. Thompson. "This endowment demonstrates
our appreciation for the commitment of those teachers."
Chairholders will serve for a term of three
years and the incumbent must be a tenured member of the standing
faculty. The teaching activities for which the awards are granted
must include components of the undergraduate degree programs
of the University.
Candidates must consistently demonstrate excellence
in teaching; accessibility to students; exceptional leadership
skills; innovation; fairness and reverence for learning. He/she
must be an effective supervisor of student researchers, skillful
in leading seminars and discussions; and comfortable in large
groups as well as small settings. Recommendations may come
from undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty
colleagues. Those nominating candidates should look for teachers
with an enduring record of superior teaching skills and the
capacity to consistently inspire students.
will be chosen by a special committee, led by the Provost
or his designee, that will consider nominations
from students and faculty in the four undergraduate schools—Engineering,
Nursing, the College in the School of Arts and Sciences, and
Wharton. The first nominations are due by December 15 and
the first recipient will be named in the spring semester of
2004. Each newly appointed chair will present a lecture highlighting
his or her goals as the Thompson Endowed Term Professor. The
first Thompson Endowed Term Professor will present a lecture
to the University community in the latter part of the spring
"We're very grateful to Evan Thompson for his
generous contribution," said Provost Robert Barchi. "Penn is
only as great as its finest faculty and this endowment reinforces
the critical idea that teaching is central to our mission at
Nominations should be sent by December 15 to:
Anita Gelburd, Office of the Deputy Provost, 122 College Hall/6303, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call (215) 898-7225.