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The Jean Brierley Presentation on College Teaching



2013 Brierley Award winner Win Watson delivered
the annual presentation on college teaching on
March 4, 2014. To view a gallery of photos of the
luncheon honoring Professor Watson click here.

About Jean Brierley:
Jean Brierley (1908-1986) graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1930 with a baccalaureate degree in Zoology.   After leaving the University of New Hampshire, Ms. Brierley became a teaching assistant in the Zoology Department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor until 1937.   The University of Michigan awarded her the degree of Master of Science in 1931 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1937.   In 1938, she moved to Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas, where she was an Assistant Professor in Biology.   She joined the faculty at Michigan State College in 1945, teaching freshman biology and natural sciences.   She retired from the faculty at Michigan State University in 1973 as a full Professor.

Professor Brierley was a member of many professional organizations including the Genetics Society of America, Society for the Study of Evolution, Michigan Academy of Science, Sigma Xi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AASS).   She was active in civic affairs as a member of the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, the Sierra Club, National Organization of Women, and Concerned Scientists.   Her many interests also included travel.

About the Jean Brierley Award:
Professor Brierley established an endowed fund in 1973 to recognize teaching in any field or discipline at the University of New Hampshire.   This fund was completed upon her death as a tribute to those members of the UNH faculty who have distinguished themselves as teachers. One award is rendered each academic year as our highest level recognition for excellence in teaching.   In conjunction with the UNH Center for Teaching Excellence, recipients host an annual event to advance the teaching mission of the university.

The first Brierley Award was presented in 1992 to Lester A. Fisher of the Department of English. In the years since then each winner of the award has delivered a formal presentation on college teaching. To read a presentation, click on its title.

Teaching and Learning from Avocation to Vocation by Christopher Bauer (Chemistry)
Teaching by Example, with Example and for Example by Wallace Bothner (Geology)
Paradigms, Parables, and Possibilities by Nancy Kinner (Civil Engineering)
Guides, Curmudgeons, and Lecturers by David Hebert (Education)
Street Kids Can Learn to Love Scholarship by Robert Kertzer (Kinesiology)
Minds and Machines: the Art of Teaching in the Digital Age by Terry Savage (Philosophy, UNHM)
Teaching Biology - with One Foot in Each Century by William Condon (Animal and Nutritional Sciences)
The Older the Wine the Better IT Gets--Teaching as a Process of Lifelong Growth by Ron Croce (Kinesiology)
Teaching the e-Student: Paradigms, Processes and Problems by P. T. Vasudevan (Chemical Engineering)
Some Intellectual Influences on My Teaching: Confessions of an Unruly Professor by Richard W. England (Economics and Natural Resources)
Where We Live: Good Dogs and Nagging Counselors in the House of Education by John Ernest (English and African American Studies)
Shifting Paradigms: Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Action of 21st Century Learning by Carole K. Barnett (Management)
You Are What You Eat: A Nutritionist's View of Teaching by Gale B. Carey (Animal and Nutritional Science)
Building a Community of Scholars Within and Beyond UNH or How We Can "Pay Forward" Our Understanding of the World Around Us by Charles W. Walker (Zoology)
Teaching the Rational/Emotional Mind by Peter Fernald (Psychology)
Confronting the Third Level of Ignorance: How We Teach About the Natural World by Tom Lee (Natural Resources and the Environment)
You Can Get Here From There: One Teacher’s Journey by Stephen Hardy (Kinesiology)
It's All About Them...And Other Unrelated Points by Lee Seidel (Health Management and Policy)
The Selfish Profession of Teaching--Some Strange Things I Do
by Ray Cook (Civil Engineering)
The Making of a Mind: One Connection at a Time by Winsor Watson (Biological Sciences)