Making it Worthwhile

Making it Worthwhile

Bente Roed
Selection Committee, 1994-1996

uring the three years when I read, ranked and discussed nominations for the 3M Teaching Fellowship, only a single nomination package appeared as if it had been dusted off after being hauled out of the bottom drawer. All others were fresh and up-to-date and addressed the criteria. The selection committee read and ranked each nomination blind with the criteria ·in mind and without attention to anything else. We were looking for the best teachers.

The instructors whose dossiers we considered constituted a most diverse group. What united them was the passion for their students, their discipline, and their colleagues. It was heart-warming to read what they had accomplished, how they had done it in such creative and caring ways, and how they were continuing to provide leadership in their own individual and unique manner. They make it worthwhile for someone like me to be part of academe and to point proudly to their accomplishments.