Heather Johnson wins Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Heather Beth Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This award goes to one university faculty member each year, nominated by undergraduate students, who comes closest to the following standards:

  1. Mastery of his or her field and superior ability in communicating it to others;
  2. An exceptional talent for encouraging students to want to understand alternatives and to make choices;
  3. Knows how to extract from students the full measure of their potential to learn; d) Guides their thoughts in a spirit of free inquiry and learns from them as he or she teaches;
  4. Never rests from being a teacher and is so infectious in his or her manner that the students scarcely know how deeply he or she is teaching;
  5. Impresses on his or her students that they have only begun to learn while at Lehigh and that their real quest for knowledge and application of what they are taught will come after graduation;
  6. Ultimate goal is not only to lead his or her students to excellence in their chosen field, but also to excellence as human beings and as leaders of society.

Heather's experiments with innovative approaches to teaching, particularly in the large lecture course "Introduction to Sociology" over the past year, have paid off. Richly deserved congratulations to Heather for this outstanding recognition!