Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award for Teaching Excellence.
The competitive award is presented to a faculty member who has an "evidence of regular and sustained excellence in teaching library and information science; makes contributions to curriculum design which demonstrate subject expertise and the ability to integrate new developments in library and information science; provides evidence of mentoring students, alumni and/or practicing professionals outside the classroom; and demonstrates use of effective and innovative teaching methods."
"This award is going to an exceptional and deserving professor," said Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer distinguished professor at SILS. "Sandra involves her students in the classroom, provides support for those she educates and has educated, creates an exceptional curriculum and participates in providing educational experiences to those outside the classroom through her outstanding teaching capabilities. She is a model of what a teacher should be."
Students of Hughes-Hassell have demonstrated their support by nominating her for a number of teaching awards. She received the SILS 2010 Award for Teaching Excellence and was most recently named a finalist for the 2010-2011 campus-wide University of North Carolina Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction.
Winners of the ALISE teaching award receive a complimentary registration to the ALISE annual conference held in January.
SILS has had three recipients of this prestigious award. Along with Dr. Hughes-Hassell, previous winners were Dr. Jerry D. Saye in 2002 and Dr. David W. Carr in 1994.
"ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) is a non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science in North America. Its mission is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service and to provide an understanding of the values and ethos of library and information science. ALISE serves 500 individual members and more than 60 institutional members, primarily in the United States and Canada."