Broward College Professor Named 2015 Florida Professor of the Year by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Broward College Assistant Professor of Philosophy Joshua Kimber the 2015 Florida Professor of the Year. He was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States. This is the first time that a Broward College faculty member has received this prestigious honor.
“Professor Kimber is truly deserving of this award. He is the embodiment of a faculty member who is passionate about teaching, working every day to encourage, inspire and motivate his students,” said Broward College Provost Linda Howdyshell. “Professor Kimber is committed to advancing the College’s mission of student success. We are so proud to have him as a colleague and an outstanding model of what our faculty represents to the larger community.”
The Professor of the Year program recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. It is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
Kimber began teaching at Broward College in 2008 as an adjunct instructor and was recognized as Broward College Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2009. In 2012, he became a full-time temporary instructor and then assistant professor in January 2013. He was recognized as Broward College Professor of the Year in 2014. During his time at the College, he has participated in several student success initiatives, including the General Education Outcomes and Assessment Team, which assesses the College’s numerous course offerings, and looks at ways to modify and incorporate best practices in the classroom. Kimber is also integral to the Quality Enhancement Plan, working to bring critical thinking into every academic venue at the College. He assisted in the overall creation of the plan and presentation during the College’s ten-year accreditation reaffirmation.
This year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE recognized a Professor of the Year in 35 states. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected four national winners. Carnegie and CASE selected state winners from the top entries of the overall judging process. Criteria included the professor’s impact on and involvement with undergraduate students, a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession, as well as support from colleagues and former undergraduate students.
CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. Additional support for the program is received from Phi Beta Kappa, which sponsors an evening congressional reception, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education and other higher education associations.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.
For more information, visit http://www.usprofessorsoftheyear.org.