Communique from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
Teaching is at the heart of what we do at DePaul, so we were especially proud when one of our instructors was recognized as the Illinois Professor of the Year.
Miriam Ben-Yoseph, associate professor in the School for New Learning (SNL), was named the 2006 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Illinois Professor of the Year during the U.S. Professors of the Year awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., in November. The national award program is the only one that salutes college and university professors for their dedication to undergraduate teaching, commitment to students and innovative instructional methods.
Susanne Dumbleton, dean of SNL, nominated Miriam and says her strengths complement DePaul's mission and values. As Susanne explains, "The professor's life includes teaching, scholarship and service. And DePaul is a place where those three are really equivalent. The fact that we have in our ranks a person who is being nationally recognized for all three of those roles is truly significant."
Susanne adds that "Miriam loves teaching and dedicates a great deal of thought to it. She's able to be planned, yet spontaneous, and her teaching is sparked by her own curiosity, enthusiasm, connections with students and willingness to engage with them."
A native of Romania, Miriam began her association with DePaul in 1986 as an advisor to a student interested in international business. In 1989 she was invited to teach a course in the SNL graduate program on cross-cultural communication management, which she already was teaching at Northwestern University. An educator and businesswoman who was working as the vice president of market research and training at Continental Bank, Miriam's real-world experience coupled well with her transition to associate dean of SNL in 1991.
After four years as associate dean, she moved to a full-time faculty position. She was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor and once again served as associate dean from 1999 to 2002, after which she returned to a full-time faculty position.
Miriam sees her classes as partnerships in which she shares the responsibilities of teaching and learning with colleagues and students. She says she tries to model the collaboration she expects from her students by co-teaching most of her classes with one or more colleagues and by bringing in guest speakers.
I am very proud to have as a colleague Miriam Ben-Yoseph, the Illinois Professor of the Year.