Trevecca Nazarene University

Teaching Excellence Convocation

Brent McMillian, a professor in the School of Religion and recipient of the 2006 Teaching Excellence Award speaks on "What is Excellence?".

The annual Teaching Excellence Convocation chapel held March 14 this year celebrated teaching excellence with an address by Professor Brent McMillian, recipient of the 2006 Teaching Excellence Award.

McMillian, a professor in the School of Religion, spoke on the topic of “What is Excellence?” and referred to the father of philosophy and great pursuer of truth, Socrates, when discussing his answer to this question.

“The way to truth is dialog – the posing of pertinent questions and the pursuit of them,” said McMillian. “Here at Trevecca is where the truth must be sought and taught with the help of the sovereign.”

The convocation also included the singing of the Trevecca Hymn, a liturgy led by Provost Steve Pusey, a vocal solo by Division of Music Professor Renita Koehn, and the announcement of the 2007 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, Amy Wilstermann, coordinator of the department of science and mathematics. Wilstermann 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 the following year's Teaching Excellence Convocation.


Amy Wilstermann, coordinator of the department of science and mathematics, recieves her medalion from Ron Maurer, chair of the division of social and behavioral sciences, following being announced as the 2007 recipient of the Teaching Excellence award.