‘Carlson Award’ Category

Philip Bryant, 2021 Carlson Award Winner, English Department

Thank you, students, for masking up so that I could be here to present the 2021 Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. You made it possible for all of us to be here, and I am sincerely grateful. This is the highest honor a Gustavus faculty member can receive. Nominations come from students, faculty, […]

Kate Knutson, 2020 Carlson Award Winner, Political Science Department

I’m honored to present the winner of the 2020 Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Gustavus faculty member; the winner is selected from nominations submitted by students, faculty, and staff. One great thing about being a liberal arts college prof is how many […]

Margaret Bloch Qazi, 2019 Carlson Award Winner, Biology Department

Margaret Bloch Qazi It is my great privilege and pleasure to announce this year’s recipient of the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. Created by the Gustavus Board of Trustees in 1971, the award recognizes “an established pattern of teaching excellence,” “innovative and effective teaching strategies,” and excellence in mentoring and advising. It is […]

Greg Kaster, 2018 Carlson Award Winner, History Department

Greg Kaster First, congratulations to our graduates, the wonderful class of 2018. Second, a word of explanation. This award is usually presented by the previous year’s recipient. It is given at graduation and the recipient does not know before hand. Unfortunately, Pam Kittelson had a family commitment she made before she won the award, which […]

Pamela Kittelson, 2017 Carlson Award Winner, Biology Department

Pamela Kittelson Every year, former recipients of the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching meet to review the new crop of nominations. In 2016, those former recipients established several criteria that they would look for in the nominees. This year’s recipient has garnered praise from students and colleagues in all of those areas, and […]

Eric Carlson, 2016 Carlson Award Winner, History Department

Eric Carlson It is my great honor to introduce this year’s Carlson winner…since good teaching requires good students, I am going to read some quotes students have written about this outstanding teacher. One student wrote: “His investment in education for himself and his students shows through his enthusiasm in and out of the classroom and […]

David Obermiller, 2015 Carlson Award Winner, History Department

David Obermiller The Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Gustavus faculty member. Nominations are accepted from students, faculty, and staff, which document examples of the faculty member’s excellence in the classroom, enthusiasm for teaching and advising, and the use of particularly innovative or collaborative […]

Matthew Panciera, 2014 Carlson Award Winner, Classics Department

Matthew Panciera Each year at commencement a faculty member is honored with the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching in recognition of his or her exceptional skill and effectiveness as an instructor. The 2014 recipient is Matt Panciera, PhD, associate professor of classics at Gustavus. Professor Panciera “makes Gustavus a special place, where students […]

Rebecca Fremo, 2013 Carlson Award Winner, English Department

Rebecca Fremo Each year at commencement a faculty member is honored with the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching in recognition of his or her exceptional skill and effectiveness as an instructor. The 2013 recipient is Rebecca Taylor Fremo, associate professor and chair of the English Department at Gustavus. Fremo received her bachelor’s and […]

Alisa Rosenthal, 2012 Carlson Award Winner, Political Science Department

Alisa Rosenthal Horace Mann, the father of modern public education in America, once said, “A teacher—who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn—is hammering on cold iron.” The 2012 Edgar Carlson Award winner knows NOTHING about hammering on cold iron, as evidenced by the following statements from students: “This […]