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Excellence in Teaching and Advising Awards

The Excellence in Teaching and Advising Awards at the University of Dubuque were established by Richard and Donna Svrluga in 1995-96 to recognize the contributions and impact of University faculty on the lives of students.  

John Knox Coit 
An integral member of the Philosophy Department from 1955-65, Professor Coit was more than a teacher.  He became a mentor and friend to his students.  Known as a "man of wit,” he made a lasting impression on his students.  Coit died in 1995 at the age of 79. 

William L. Lomax
Fondly remembered by his students who studied business, Professor Lomax was smart, tough, fair, no-nonsense, and fun.  As a member of the Business Department from 1953-69, he influenced the lives of many students.  Lomax died in 1986 at the age of 83. 

Lomax and Coit Criteria
All current, full-time faculty of the University are eligible for consideration for the Coit Prize or Lomax Award if they have completed at least three years of service. Previous recipients of the Coit Prize and the Lomax Award are not eligible for re-nomination for three years.

Excellence In Teaching by Professor Lyle VanderBroek, Professor of New Testament
An excellent teacher:
1) Has a passionate interest in the subject matter and conveys this passion in the classroom
2) Communicates at the appropriate level/is able to grasp the level of the students and adjust
3) Is current in her/his field of study
4) Has a sense for the student's situation and how the subject matter will be used by the student
5) Deals well and honestly with student comments and questions
6) Makes the subject matter taught in class lively through illustrations and applications
7) Challenges students academically
8) Can critique students/discipline them academically/be honest about their performance
9) Is willing to help students outside of class
10) Has an informed ethical/spiritual "center" that speaks to issues that arise in class

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