Professor Carrie Schroeder Receives United Methodist Scholar/Teacher Award
Dr. Carrie Schroeder has received the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher Award for Pacific for 2010. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and their institutions. Interim Provost Pat Ferrillo conferred the award at a ceremony on November 30 in the President's Room.
Factors for selection include demonstration of exceptional teaching, recognized concern for students and colleagues, significant contributions to scholarly life, and high professional and personal standards.
"Carrie is incredibly deserving of this honor," said Dr. Thomas Krise, Dean of the College of the Pacific. "She is a dedicated teacher, prolific scholar, and energetic member of the University community."
The University of the Pacific is a Methodist-related institution, which allows our faculty to be eligible for this award. Pacific was established by Methodist ministers and laymen in 1851, making it the oldest chartered university in California. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, believed education was a central mission of his new church. Specifically, he wanted to educate the whole person by bringing together faith and learning.
In her comments at the ceremony, President Pamela Eibeck noted that Pacific's relationship with the Methodist Church has changed over the years, but aspects of Wesley's vision are still intact—namely the idea of whole-person education. "We pride ourselves on helping our students develop intellectually, socially and ethically. We want them to graduate ready for a good job, but equally important, we want them to be ready for a good life—to be engaged members of families and communities."
She added that the quality and dedication of the faculty allows Pacific to successfully provide such an education. "It's the teaching and mentorship, and the model of engaged citizenship, that a professor like Carrie Schroeder shows her students that sets our University apart," said Dr. Eibeck.