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C of I Professor named Idaho Professor of the Year

2008. 11. 20.


CALDWELL – The College of Idaho political economy professor Kerry Hunter was announced today as the 2008 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Idaho Professor of the Year, making him the second professor from The C of I in three years to win the honor. Professor Jim Angresano won in 2006.

More than 300 colleges and universities nominated professors for the award. The Carnegie Foundation chose winners from 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam.

Hunter, who is in his 21st year teaching at The C of I, said he was pleased to win the award, but added that working with students and helping them means more to him than national recognition.

"Students know what kind of a teacher I am more than the Carnegie Foundation," he said. "I'm not into that ceremonial stuff."

Hunter, whose undergraduate degree, master's and doctorate are in political science, and whose specialty is political philosophy and constitutional law, is completely dedicated to teaching.

"Teaching at The C of I is such a rewarding experience," he said. "I enjoy seeing the growth of students and seeing them learn to appreciate their own growth."

President Bob Hoover said the College is fortunate to have two professors recognized by the Carnegie Foundation.

"The College has long said that our faculty is among the very best in the state and we have always known that, but it is wonderful to have them recognized by a prestigious organization like the Carnegie Foundation," Hoover said.

To be recognized as Idaho Professor of the Year, Hunter showed "extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, which is demonstrated by excellence in the following areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contribution to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students."

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering Professors of the Year since 1981.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie "to do all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching." The foundation is the only advanced-study center for teachers in the world and the third-oldest foundation in the nation. Its nonprofit research activities are conducted by a small group of distinguished scholars.

CASE is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,400 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in 61 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of educational fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.