On March 17, the Mortar Board Honor Society announced James Krueger as the Professor of the Year at an evening reception in the Hall of Letters rose garden.
The event, held yearly to honor professors that have gone above and beyond for their students, began with a word from Mortar Board representative Kirsten Marsteller ‘23 who welcomed faculty and students, as well as announced this year’s candidate pool.
Among the nominated professors were Dr. James Krueger, Dr. Susan Goldstein, Dr. Shellie Zias-Roe, Dr. Sawa Kurotani, and Dr. Keith Osajima. The selected faculty came from a variety of disciplines, ranging from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and the environmental sciences.
Each candidate was announced by their own students who brought a personal anecdote coupled with a retelling of their professor’s education and career achievements.
One speech in particular became emotional after Dr. Shellie’s nomination when a student spoke about her kindness towards him as an international student. He spoke about the importance of having a professor that acts as a support for you as a student, especially when home is so far away.
The ceremony ended with James Kruger winning Professor of the Year. Krueger was awarded a plaque to place outside his office. A final toast to all candidates thanked them all for their hard work and invited them and all other attendees to stay and enjoy the drinks and hors d’oeurves.
Photo contributed by Bulldog photographer Michael Driscoll.