Monday, January 25, 2010

Academic Service Awards

Provost Mark Sargent often inspires the Gordon community during weekly chapel services with his gift of sharing stories. Today he offered recognition for two faculty members, Larry Mayes and Katherine Knudson, recipients of the Gordon College Academic Service Awards for part-time faculty.

Mayes, chief of human services for the City of Boston, teaches Introduction to Urban Studies at the Gordon in Boston program. “The success of the Gordon in Boston program owes a great deal to Larry’s work and faithfulness,” said Sargent. Taught by specialists in their field, Gordon in Boston offers a unique introduction to issues and realities of urban culture.

Also honored was Katherine Knudson, who teaches The Great Conversation, a course designed to introduce the Christian liberal arts to incoming students. “Katie is one of those exceptional teachers whose love of her subject and love of her students are inseparably bound together,” said Academic Dean Dan Russ.

Sargent shared the important role adjunct faculty play at Gordon. “Part-time faculty members can be some of the unsung heroes in higher education. In some cases they are accomplished professionals with jobs in government or business, who love to teach a class or two when they have an opportunity. In other cases they have family or ministry duties that allow them time only to teach a course or two. In almost all cases, they give generously of their time and talent to serve our institution.”

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