Theatre Professor Earns 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award

June 27th, 2013 by 

Edward Isser, professor and chair of the theatre department and a member of the College of the Holy Cross faculty since 1995, received the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award at the College’s annual President’s Convocation and Awards Ceremony.

The Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes and honors teaching excellence of the College’s faculty. After careful review of nominations, a committee of students, faculty, and administrators selects the honoree. Recipients demonstrate the College’s commitment to teaching and personalized instruction by making ideas come alive for students both in and out of the classroom. The Distinguished Teaching Award recipient is invited to give the principal address during the Faculty Convocation in the fall.

“Teaching—in any discipline—demands great sensitivity to our students’ needs,” said Timothy Austin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, at the President’s Convocation. “Isser offers frank critiques of the students’ work while still affirming their willingness to risk, to move beyond the comfort of the known and face the monsters many of us avoid.”

Responding to news of the honor, Isser says, “The award means a great deal to me because it’s an affirmation of the centrality of the arts at Holy Cross, and recognition of the work of all the faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre.” Isser, who specializes in Shakespeare, literature, and directing, also teaches in the College’s Montserrat program, and leads a Maymester trip to London called “British Theatre in Perspective.” He says, “In the age of Google and Wikipedia, teaching has to transcend the mere transmission of information by emphasizing critical thinking, discernment, and the application of ethical values.”

Isser, who earned a joint Ph.D. in drama and humanities from Stanford University, is also the author of the book “Stages of Annihilation: Theatrical Representations of the Holocaust” (Fairleigh Dickinson, UP, 1997), as well as numerous scholarly articles. He has directed thirty-five theatrical productions, including a dozen of Shakespeare’s plays on campus, in Worcester’s Green Hill Park and at the now defunct Foothills Theatre. He says he owes his success to his colleagues and students, as he remarks that “education is always a collaboration between teachers and students, and nothing is more collaborative than the production of theatre.” Furthermore, he notes that he is proud to teach at an institution that strives to uphold the value of “creating men and women dedicated to others,” and that similarly, he understands that “The creation of art is about the human spirit; without it, our lives are devoid of wonder and meaning.”

The recipient of many awards and fellowships, Isser received the College’s Arthur J. O’Leary Faculty Recognition Award in 2008. He lives in West Greenwich, R.I.

| More
Tags

Comments are closed.

07/29/16 Photo Gallery: Holy Cross Set to Open New Contemplative Center in the Fall
07/28/16 Local Paper Highlights Holy Cross on Jeopardy
07/26/16 Congressman McGovern Recognizes Chick Weiss’ Career Before Congress
07/26/16 Holy Cross Professors, Alumnae Display Artwork at Local Exhibits
See All
See All
Featured Videos

See video
Video: Total Giving to Holy Cross Breaks Record With $46.7 Million Raised

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Spring Blooms on Holy Cross Campus

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Class of 2016 Shares What’s Next

Watch Video >
See video
‘Major in Anything…Succeed in Business’

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Obama Advisor Broderick Johnson ’78 Speaks on ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ Other White House Initiatives

Watch Video >
See video
Crusaders Win Patriot League Championship

Watch Video >
See video
Men’s Basketball Knocks Off Bucknell In Double Overtime Thriller

Watch Video >
See video
New Webcams Provide Live Video Stream of Campus, Contemplative Center

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery: Contemplative Center Architectural Concepts Come to Fruition

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Winter on the Hill Is All About Making Memories

Watch Video >
More Holy Cross in the News

07/28/16

Local Paper Highlights Holy Cross on Jeopardy

Telegram & Gazette

Hey @collegeoftheholycross! A: purple! @jeopardy #jeopardy #holycross #gocrusaders #saders #gocrossgo A photo posted by Kasandra R. (@urbaninsuburbia) on Jul 4, 2016 at...

07/26/16

Congressman McGovern Recognizes Chick Weiss’ Career Before Congress

In his recent remarks to Congress, Rep. Jim McGovern honored Charles “Chick” Weiss for his 41-year career at College of the Holy Cross and his contributions to the City...

07/18/16

Holy Cross Professor Helps Demystify How America Views Medicated Children

Pacific Standard | The Week

  The Pacific Standard picked the brain of Ara Francis, assistant professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross, to myth-bust the way America understands...