1993 Recipients of the McCormick and Alumnæ Teaching Professorships
A graduate of Wellesley College (B.A. 1968) and the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. 1984), Clayson joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 1985, where she is now Associate Professor of Art History. Clayson was nominated as "an exemplary teacher, able to communicate her own enthusiasm for, knowledge of, and curiosity about art to students at all levels. She sees no limits. She pushes students to achieve twice their goals. She doesn't only teach art history; she teaches the value of ambition, respect, and discipline." She specializes in nineteenth-century European art, especially French and English, and is author of Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era. Clayson was the 1990 recipient of the College Art Association's first Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award for a junior professor and received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1987. She has served as a faculty associate of the Chapin Humanities Residential College.
A graduate of Syracuse University (B.A. 1969) and Northwestern University (Ph.D. 1976), Payne joined the Northwestern faculty in 1986, where he now serves as Associate Professor of African- American Studies and Sociology. Since 1987 he has also served as a fellow of the Center for Urban Affairs. He was nominated as a person "genuinely commited to the University enterprise of undergraduate education. He is a charismatic teacher who draws on the imagination and energy of students in ways that make him an outstanding exemplar of the good teacher. He combines his own research and broad knowledge with a real commitment to the social movements covered in his classes." A specialist in issues of urban sociology and education as well as African-American culture, Payne is author of Getting What We Ask For: The Ambiguity of Success and Failure in Urban Education.
Holder of two degrees from Northwestern University (B.S. 1975; M.A. 1979), Woodworth joined the Northwestern faculty in 1981 and now serves as Associate Professor of Theater. She was cited for teaching that reflects "her uncompromising stance that students must be pursuing lives in the theater for the right reasons -- the search for truth in self and in art. With a gentleness that would be remarkable within any arena, she provides a structure for admission by the students, to themselves, of their true objectives in exploring the art of acting." Woodworth has had extensive experience as an actress, director, and teacher in the United States and abroad. She has also written several plays and screenplays. In May, 1991, she staged a version of her own play, "a Passionata" at Northwestern, giving students the unusual opportunity to work with a playwright refining a work in progress.