Two School of Accountancy faculty members–Profs. Molly Mercer and Lisa Sedor–were selected to receive two of the university’s highest teaching awards for faculty in the Driehaus College of Business: Associate ProfessorMolly Mercer was awarded one of the college’s two Quality of Instruction Council (QIC) Excellence in Teaching Awards, and Assistant Professor Lisa Sedor was voted the 2012 Lawrence W. Ryan Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Adding to the notable achievement of two awards from the same department is that award selections are made by two very different constituencies, both very well informed on teaching effectiveness: the QIC award is selected by a panel of faculty peers across the university, while the Ryan Award is by vote of graduating seniors in the college of business.
“We’re all very proud of these recognitions,” says School Director Kevin Stevens(MST ’86), “which reflect well not only on the School of Accountancy and the college, but the university as a whole, and our heritage of teaching excellence. This is teaching that students talk about, that the profession demands, and that alumni remember.”
The QIC Excellence in Teaching Awards, sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Faculty Development, are made in support of the university policy of placing the highest priority on programs of instruction and learning by recognizing and supporting significant achievement in teaching and commitment to the teaching mission that can serve as university models. The annual Ryan Award is in memory of the late Lawrence Ryan, whose 44-year career at DePaul was characterized by his unswerving commitment to classroom excellence and his students.
The Ryan Award was announced at the College of Business commencement (June 10), and the QIC awards will be formally presented at the university Fall Convocation (August 30), which begins the academic year at DePaul.