Each year, the Saint Anselm College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors presents the Excellence in Faculty Accomplishment Award to a deserving member of the faculty. The award recognizes "excellence in teaching and scholarship, contributions to the academic community through active and positive relations with colleagues and students, and an involved concern for humanity."
This year, one person was the clear front runner as the faculty's choice for the award. This year's award winner is a distinguished scholar, a notable teacher, and someone who has served the College with quiet and consistent excellence over many years. Author of a number of articles and book chapters, teacher on a wide variety of topics, and winner of numerous research grants, this individual is also in high demand here on campus in a number of roles. He is a humanities lecturer who incidentally holds the record for the largest number of lectures delivered in both first and second year humanities, lectures spanning topics as diverse as Roman law, Mohammed, Luther, Beethoven, and Freud. His excellence as a teacher is well known to the students. Here is a characteristic comment from one student:
Ridiculously intelligent, makes [his subject] fun, incredibly passionate about his field...his lectures are worth the grueling exams.
In addition, this faculty member has been a long-serving and highly effective department chair, a member of the faculty senate and of numerous college committees and subcommittees over the years.
The AAUP is pleased and proud to announce the recipient of this year's Faculty Award: Dr. Philip Pajakowski of the History Department. Due to family circumstances, Dr. Pajakowski is not with us today, but he has been notified and given the certificate that accompanies the award. Students and colleagues who wish to congratulate him are encouraged to do so, in person or via email.