The Teaching Excellence Convocation took place Tuesday, April 14, 2009, in the chapel service. This annual event is designed to honor all teaching faculty by reaffirming Trevecca’s commitment to excellence in teaching. Planned by the Conference of Chairpersons, composed of academic deans and division chairpersons, this event also features as speaker the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award for the previous year.
Featured speaker this year was Jooly Philip, chair of the Department of English and the recipient of the 2008 Trevecca Teaching Excellence Award. This award, established in the 1982-1983 school year, is presented by the Conference of Chairpersons, to a faculty member who, after being nominated by three groups (students, faculty, and academic chairpersons), was chosen by a vote of Conference members.
In her introduction of Philip, Lena Welch, chair of the Division of Communication, Language, and Literature and convener of the Conference of Chairpersons, said, “Everything she is and everything she does is for the glory of Jesus Christ.”
In her presentation, entitled “The Embodiment of Excellence,” Philip called listeners to pursue the “best road to excellence,” the one that John the Baptist described when he said, “He [Jesus] must increase. I must decrease.” Noting that choosing that road to excellence will require persons to take actions that are contrary to their human nature, she affirmed that God will strengthen those who will “let the character of Christ increase in [them].”
The winner of the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award is Nathan Kerr, a member of the faculty of the Millard Reed School of Religion.