Teaching Award Winner – Carol Weaver, PhD.
When asked what makes a great
teacher, Dr. Carol Weaver replied, “It’s
a passion for bringing about learning that is so critical. It takes tenacity
and hard work. Teaching isn’t something you do... casually. It’s very
intentional. It takes work. It takes planning. It takes effort. It takes the
ability to get critical feedback and respond to that.” Weaver is the embodiment
of this great teacher and is our 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award winner.
Weaver was hired in 1989 to implement a newly created
Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training program in the College of
Education. She has shaped the curriculum for not only the College of Education,
but university programs as well. She is in her 23rd and final year
of teaching at Seattle University. During her time at Seattle U, she’s acted as a mentor and
counselor for faculty in her college. Deans have often called her out as a
professor to observe if you want to see an educator at her best. Her exemplary teaching style is well-regarded by her
students who consistently place her in the highest decile of faculty rankings.
At a retirement party held for Dr. Weaver
earlier this year, students from as far back as 20 years ago returned to speak
in her honor. They used countless examples of how lessons learned in her
classroom influenced their careers and continue to influence their own teaching
Many attributed their
successes to Weaver’s support, empathy and teaching skills.
As Dean Bob Hughes said in
his nomination of Weaver, “It is this twin gift of success in her own teaching
and service to others’ teaching that makes Dr. Weaver an ideal candidate for
the Distinguished Teaching Award.”
she departs Seattle University after 23 years, she leaves behind a profound
impact on over 600 students as well as countless faculty and university
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