Recognize the Wesleyan faculty who had an enduring impact on your academic and personal development by nominating them for the 2016 Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Nominations are now open!
The Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching was inaugurated in 1993 as an institutional recognition of outstanding faculty members. One to three Binswanger Prizes are presented each year and are made possible by the generosity of the family of Frank G. Binswanger Sr., Hon. ’85.
Recent alumni up to 10 years out, seniors, juniors, and graduate students (including Graduate Liberal Studies) can nominate up to three professors for the award. Current faculty who have taught at Wesleyan for at least 10 years are eligible.
The standards and criteria for the annual prizes shall be excellence in teaching, as exemplified by commitment to the classroom and student accomplishment, intellectual demands placed on students, lucidity and passion. Recommendations may be based on any of the types of teaching that are done at the university including, but not limited to, teaching in lecture courses, seminars, laboratories, creative and performance-based courses, research tutorials and other individual and group tutorials at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Prize winners are announced at Commencement and each recipient receives a citation and monetary prize made possible by the generosity of the Binswanger family.
Two-time Binswanger recipient Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies says “It’s wonderful to be rewarded for doing a job you love and care about, to be told you are doing your job well, and others think so. I also have a special feeling about a prize named for the Binswanger family, as I have taught generations of them while here. I associate the prize with great people I love which makes it all the better.” Read an interview with Professor Basinger in Wesconnect.