Trevecca Nazarene University

Cierpke speaks for Academic Excellence Chapel

The chapel service on Tuesday, March 16, 2004, was devoted to the recognition of excellence in teaching on the Trevecca Nazarene University campus. Called the Teaching Excellence Convocation, the service honors the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award for the previous year and concludes with the naming of the person who has been given the award in the current school year. Music professor Timothy Cierpke, the 2003 recipient of the award, delivered the chapel sermon. Using the title "Teaching Excellence: A Symphonic Experience," he compared his own career journey to the movements of a musical composition for a symphony and explained what he considers to be the vital characteristics of an outstanding teacher: the ability to teach one's students with respect--friendly without trying to be a buddy; the commitment to treat others as one would want to be treated; the lifestyle of mentoring--sharing learning and learning from others; and the recognition that teaching is one career that requires the practitioner to be a learner at all times. Following Cierpke's presentation the award recipient for 2004 was announced. Bryce Fox, assistant professor of psychology, was presented the award in recognition of his example of teaching excellence in the classroom. He was nominated and elected by a committee composed of students, faculty members, and the members of the Conference of Chairpersons, the deans of schools and chairpersons of academic divisions of the University. Begun in 1983, The award includes an honorarium, a medallion that the winner wears whenever academic regalia is worn, and the opportunity to speak in the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation. (3/16/04)