CLEMSON — Five faculty members of Clemson University’s PRTM EDGE team were recognized with the Phil Prince Award Innovation in Teaching at Tuesday’s Victor Hurst Convocation.

Clemson President Emeritus Philip Prince (far left) and Undergraduate Student Body President Maddy Thompson (far right) present the Phil Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching to PRTM EDGE program leaders (from left) Fran McGuire, Bob Brookover, Betty Baldwin, Teresa Tucker and Denise Anderson.

Clemson President Emeritus Philip Prince (far left) and Undergraduate Student Body President Maddy Thompson (far right) present the Phil Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching to PRTM EDGE program leaders (from left) Fran McGuire, Bob Brookover, Betty Baldwin, Teresa Tucker and Denise Anderson.
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Professors Denise Anderson, Elizabeth “Betty” Baldwin, Teresa Tucker, Bob Brookover and Fran McGuire were honored before a crowd of more than 500 students, faculty, staff and administrators at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts as Clemson’s 122nd academic year formally kicked off.

Clemson’s PRTM EDGE (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Students Engaging in Diverse, Guided Experiences) is a complete immersive experience for second-semester sophomores that takes a collaborative approach to the delivery of core PRTM content.

During the semester, its faculty and students experience innovative teaching methods, Creative Inquiry research, real-world experiences, and experiential learning. The Prince Award, named for Clemson President Emeritus Philip Prince, recognizes outstanding teachers who demonstrate creative and novel teaching methods in the classroom.

Michael Crow

Michael Crow

In his keynote address, Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow said, “It has been eye-opening to every single one of us at ASU that this notion of what a great university of the future can be, one with a faculty of unbelievable excellence and unbelievable drive and unbelievable focus on innovation, tied together with this notion of educating talent from all segments of our society.

“We find that we had been ignorant teachers, non-adaptive. We have been cruel to our students by attempting to think of ourselves as some kind of God-like creature, where our job was to weed the weak from the institution. But most of that is gone now from our institution and a new spirit of public purpose exists.

“So to me it is exciting to be able to be an institution that shares some of these values, that is looking forward to the actual gain,” he said. “It is not to become like some other university, to not replicate some other university, but in our case, to serve the people of Arizona like that have never been served, and in your case, to serve the people of South Carolina like they have never been served.”

Clemson University President James P. Clements appreciated Crow’s comments.

“Obviously, he has given us a lot to think about this morning,” Clements said. “I cannot imagine a more stimulating way to start the new academic year. I’m sure that will spark a lot of healthy debate and discussion on this campus.”

Clements also noted a few of Clemson’s most recent achievements and accolades, including:

  • Clemson’s School of Nursing being named a National Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing;
  • The Call Me MISTER program receiving a $1.3 million grant from the Kellogg Foundation to expand into Mississippi;
  • Clemson bioengineers winning a new $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead a research collaborative on new advances in tissue engineering; and
  • The Brooks Center being listed among the “25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers.”

Psychology professor Robert Sinclair was also recognized with the Graduate Student Excellence in Mentoring Award, which recognizes a faculty or staff member who mentors or advises graduate students. The goal of the award is to show graduate students’ appreciation for the faculty and staff who help students navigate the rigors of graduate school.

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