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1996 Recipients

George D. Bond

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

A graduate of Texas Tech University (B.A. 1965), Southern Methodist University (M.A. 1968) and Northwestern University (Ph.D. 1972), Bond joined the faculty of Northwestern in 1974, where he is now Professor of Religion. Bond was nominated for his "superlatively successful instruction, and "his modest, understated way of bringing hundreds of students to sophisticated knowledge of Asian cultures." Bond's main research and teaching interests include the Theravada Buddhist tradition and Pali texts and Buddhist hermeneutics. He has authored three books including The Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka: Religious Tradition, Reinterpretation, and Response (1988). Bond is a member of the American Academy of Religion, and has been the recipient of two Fulbright-Hays grants for study in Sri Lanka. He served as Master of Willard Residential College between 1987 and 1991 and continues to serve as Faculty Associate for the International Studies Residential College and Willard Residential College. Bond was honored with an Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1982.

Collette R. Coullard

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

A graduate of Lake Superior State University (B.S. 1980) and Northwestern University (Ph.D. 1985), Coullard joined the faculty of Northwestern in 1990, where she is now Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IEMS). Coullard was nominated because "she takes a genuine interest in her students, makes her classes exciting and interesting, demands much from her students but receives even more in return, and always goes well beyond the call in helping students learn." Coullard has helped to develop a computer program used to illustrate algorithms graphically to assist showing students how problems change as algorithms are executed. Her teaching and research focus on optimization theory and the application of optimization modeling to industrial engineering problems, for which she has received three grants from the National Science Foundation, including the Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989. In both 1993 and 1994 Coullard won the IEMS Graduate Teaching Award, and in 1994 she also won the IEMS Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Nancy MacLean

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

A graduate of Brown University (B.A./M.A. 1981) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1989), MacLean joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 1989, where she is now an Associate Professor of History. MacLean was nominated for "the enthusiasm she brings to her subjects, her high-mindedness, and her deep concern for the people around her." For classes on U.S. women's history, labor history, and the welfare state she introduced to the History Department, MacLean has been noted for her "energy and seriousness, her open-mindedness, and her stimulation of fresh thinking." She has been an active participant in the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence series on teaching about racism. MacLean's book Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan (1994) received three national awards--the Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Prize; the James A. Rawley Prize; and the Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award--and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. MacLean received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1993.

Barbara L. Shwom

Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer

A graduate of Simmons College (B.A. 1973) and Northwestern University (Ph.D. 1984), Shwom joined the faculty of Northwestern in 1977, where she is now Senior Lecturer for the Writing Program and Director of the Writing Place. Noted for her generosity of time, energy and expertise in teaching, Shwom was nominated for "her impressively clear view of what she seeks to accomplish; her availability to help students beyond the call of duty; and her commitment to the idea that teaching is most effective when viewed as a form of continuing participation in a larger community." As a Senior Lecturer for the Writing Program, Shwom is responsible for developing and teaching a curriculum in basic composition to undergraduate and graduate students; as Director of the Writing Place, Shwom recruits, trains, and oversees undergraduate peer tutors and develops other programs for writing assessment and development for students. She serves as a Faculty Associate for the Residential College of Commerce and Industry and the Women's Residential College.