The Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, Illinois Wesleyan University's top teaching honor, is given to a faculty member who is an exceptional teacher-scholar. Award recipients are nominated by members of the faculty and selected by the University's Promotion and Tenure Committee. In 1989, honorees became featured speakers at the Honors Convocation held during the last week of spring term, and this tradition continues today. While the award has undergone several name changes since 1989 (Sears and Roebuck Teaching Award, 1989 - 1991; DuPont Award for Teaching Excellence, 1992 - 2002; The Pantagraph Award for Teaching Excellence, 2003 - 2009), the purpose of the award has always been to recognize and celebrate the vital role that teaching plays on our campus. There was an additional Award for Teaching Excellence established in 1959 that was called the IWU Century Club Teacher of the Year Award. Award recipients were asked to address members of the Century Club and faculty colleagues at an annual dinner held each spring. This collection features the text and audio of the speeches delivered by recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award available in the University Archives.

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Speeches from 2013

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Refracting Honor through a Personal Prism, Narendra Jaggi

Speeches from 2012

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A Growing Concern, William Munro

Speeches from 2011

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Intertwinglement; or a Request by Way of a Story, Daniel Terkla

Speeches from 2010

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Happiness and the Liberal Arts: Three Movements, Wes Chapman

Speeches from 2009

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Honors Convocation Speech, Jonathan Dey

Speeches from 2008

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At the Crossroads: On Fairytales, Firebirds, and Real Life Choices, Marina Balina

Speeches from 2007

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Social Capitalism and the New Individualism, Jim Sikora

Speeches from 2006

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Unruly Tongues, Mary Ann Bushman

Speeches from 2005

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Cultural Capital: Intellectual Traditions and the Liberal Arts, Christopher Prendergast

Speeches from 2004

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Once More, with Feeling, James Plath

Speeches from 2003

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The Paths that Lead, Carolyn Nadeau

Speeches from 2001

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Against The Grain: Learning And Teaching, Carole A. Myscofski

Speeches from 2000

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Tales from the Heart, Teddy O. Amoloza

Speeches from 1999

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Honors Convocation Speech, Michael Seeborg

Speeches from 1998

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Learning by Heart, Mona J. Gardner

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"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", W. Michael Weis

Speeches from 1997

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The State of the Art, Jared Brown

Speeches from 1996

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"As if the language suddenly, with ease", Kathleen O'Gorman

Speeches from 1995

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What's the Difference?, James D. Matthews

Speeches from 1993

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The Importance of Unlearning, Mona J. Gardner

Speeches from 1991

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The Search for Captain Howdy, Robert C. Bray

Speeches from 1987

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The History of Love, Michael B. Young

Speeches from 1985

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Under the Lids of the Newborn Child, or in Partial Defense of the Humanities, Sue A. Huseman

Speeches from 1983

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Creative Mechanists: Putting Things in Order, J. Robert Hippensteele

Speeches from 1982

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Season To Season, John D. Heyl

Speeches from 1981

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Another Brick in the Wall?, Michael B. Young

Speeches from 1978

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Now Wherefore Stopp'st Thou Me?, Sammye Crawford Greer

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The Joy of Chemistry- Personal Impressions, Frank D. Starkey

Speeches from 1977

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Emotion Recollected in Tranquillity, Harvey F. Beutner

Speeches from 1976

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Poetae Patriae Amantes: A Tribute in Five Scenes, R. Bedford Watkins

Speeches from 1975

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Give Us Wings, Lucile Klauser

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"The Wizard of Oz Doesn't Live Here Anymore", Jerry Israel

Speeches from 1974

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The Occult Revisited, Max A. Pape

Speeches from 1973

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The Varieties of Hemlock, Robert W. Burda

Speeches from 1972

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The Liberal Art ― Vision and Form, John Ficca

Speeches from 1971

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The Noisy Conflict of Half-Truths, Doris C. Meyers

Speeches from 1969

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Breaching the Walls, Wendell W. Hess

Speeches from 1968

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The Historians and I, Bunyan H. Andrew

Speeches from 1967

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Speech- The Magnificent Gift, Marie J. Robinson

Speeches from 1966

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Tragedy for Our Time, Joseph H. Meyers

Speeches from 1965

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It's a Mollusk, Dorothea S. Franzen

Speeches from 1964

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The Influence of Primitive Art, Rupert Kilgore

Speeches from 1963

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The Poetry of E. E. Cummings, Elizabeth H. Oggel

Speeches from 1962

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Debussy and His Music: A Retrospect, R. Dwight Drexler

Speeches from 1961

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Science: In the Pursuit of Truth and the Furtherance of Understanding, Wayne Warde Wantland