‘Carlson Award’ Category

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Rick Orpen, 2009 Carlson Award Winner, Music Department

Rick Orpen This year’s Carlson Award winner has been described by student nominators as quiet and reserved, with a calm and collected teaching style that helps to keep students engaged in the material presented in all his courses. He has been described as completely accessible in and out of the classroom, a person who does […]

Richard Leitch, 2008 Carlson Award Winner, Political Science Department

Richard Leitch This year’s Recipient of the Edgar M. Carlson Award has received a large number of nominations, including by student majors and non-majors, first-year students through seniors. One of those students wrote, “This faculty member brings an amazing enthusiasm into the classroom. He becomes more than just your teacher but also your colleague. [He] […]

Claude Brew, 2007 Carlson Award Winner, English Department

Claude Brew Over the years, Carlson Award winners have been introduced using a variety of laudatory language. But how many of them have been compared by a colleague to “an aikido master?” This year’s winner can claim such a distinction. So, is the Carlson Award a Gustavus martial arts prize? Well, no, [but like a […]

Paul Saulnier, 2006 Carlson Award Winner, Physics Department

Paul Saulnier Choosing the Carlson winner is a difficult task, because there are many worthy teachers at Gustavus. However, there 1s no doubt that this year’s winner is a deserving one, regarded as exceptionally skilled and exceptionally effective by students and col leagues alike. Here are some comments from students: “A wonderful teacher.” “An excellent […]

Robert Gardner, 2005 Carlson Award Winner, Theatre and Dance Department

Robert Gardner In the Carlson Administration Building, in a small waiting area at the top of the stairs, there hangs a large photograph-a portrait. The photograph depicts the most recent winner of the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching, an award given each year since 1971 to a member of the Gustavus faculty, selected […]

Lisa Heldke, 2004 Carlson Award Winner, Philosophy Department

Lisa Heldke Most of us can think back to a special teacher who touched us in a significant way. Perhaps, a teacher who gently guided you in the process of finding yourself. A teacher who changed the direction of your life and affected how you view the world. A teacher who influenced you in ways […]

Cindy Johnson, 2003 Carlson Award Winner, Biology Department

Cindy Johnson Every year at commencement, I am excited to hear the announcement of the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. The reason I find it so exciting is because I hear the voices of our students, quoted from their letters of nomination, expressing what it is they value in an outstanding teacher. This […]

Max Hailperin, 2002 Carlson Award Winner, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Department

Max Hailperin One of the greatest pleasures I have had as a Carlson Award recipient is in reading the letters written on behalf of this year’s award nominees. It is truly inspiring to learn first-hand about the impact that the dedication and innovation of my colleagues has had on students. Letters written on behalf of […]

Gretchen Hofmeister, 2001 Carlson Award Winner, Chemistry Department

Gretchen Hofmeister Though this professor teaches what students describe as “one of the toughest and most dreaded” classes at Gustavus, high praise has streamed in from students with an astonishing variety of majors: studio art, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, management, international management, life science teaching, history, philosophy, psychology, and political science. They praise […]

Eric Eliason, 2000 Carlson Award Winner, English Department

Eric Eliason The Edgar M. Carlson Award is presented each year at Commencement to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated exceptional skill and effectiveness as a teacher. With regard to these criteria, this year’s recipient has, shall we say, “hit the ball out of the park.” This year’s winner is described in the […]