Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award

I am honored and excited  to learn that I am a recipient of the 2014-2015  Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award. I will be even recognized at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation Ceremony on May 12, 2015.

According to the university, “This award recognizes quality teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and was established in memory of Zebulon Pearce who graduated from Territorial Normal School at Tempe (now ASU) with teacher’s credentials in 1899.” Here’s some more information on the amazing Zebulon “Zeb” Pearce and the Pearce Family Foundation. Zeb now has his own statue in Mesa. I’ll definitely have to visit and thank him personally.


Not only am I honored to be able to represent the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I have the opportunity to bring attention to the dedicated faculty and outstanding students in the Department of English. By the way, ASU is named among the top 10 schools for international students and one of the nation’s best for undergraduate education.

ASU’s eight design aspirations help shape how we teach and connect locally and globally:

  1. Leverage Our Place: ASU embraces its culture, socioeconomic and physical setting.
  2. Enable Student Success: ASU is committed to the success of each unique student.
  3. Transform Society: ASU catalyzes social change by being connected to social needs.
  4. Fuse Intellectual Disciplines: ASU creates knowledge by transcending academic disciplines.
  5. Value Entrepreneurship: ASU uses its knowledge and encourages innovation.
  6. Be Socially Embedded: ASU connects with communities through mutually beneficial partnerships.
  7. Conduct Use-Inspired Research: ASU research has purpose and impact.
  8. Engage Globally: ASU engages with people and issues locally, nationally and internationally.