The American Anthropological Association and Oxford University Press are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 AAA/Oxford Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology is Dr. Jan Newberry.
Below are some comments directly from the American Anthropological Association:
“Beyond the books and the box” as one student describes her, Dr. Newberry has cultivated fields of possibility and opportunity for her students to grow and mature as scholars and persons in the world. Beginning at Bryn Mawr, a career choice that did not include full-time teaching in a recognizable department, Dr. Newberry’s dedication to boundary crossings for collective educational purposes derived from her career in anthropology continues in western Canada at the University of Lethbridge. The student letters supporting Dr. Newberry’s nomination for the teaching award share several themes that course through her history as a professor, mentor, and colleague. All the letters of nomination cite Dr. Newberry as having great passion for anthropology and what it can offer undergraduate students. Every letter makes the point that her ‘teaching methods’ drew these and numerous other students into the world of anthropology. In addition to her skill and dedication to teaching all nominators also admire and value Dr. Newberry’s way in the world as a way worth considering, even emulating – strong testament indeed for this dedicated and engaged teacher. Her students at Bryn Mawr College, well-prepared for academic success, and her students at the University of Lethbridge in the Canadian prairies, many of whom are the first in their families to attend university, agree that her special amalgam of passion, disciplinary dedication, cross-disciplinary prowess, and her belief and faith in teaching informed by scholarship have made a difference in the lives of her colleagues, her students, and her ever-growing community. It is this kind of difference-making that especially qualifies Dr. Newberry for the AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology.