Each year the Saint Anselm College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors presents the Excellence in Faculty Accomplishment Award, given "for 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's award is given to a colleague whose excellence in teaching is perhaps captured by the closing sentences of a student-authored tribute in the Crier this semester: "it's her engaging smile and warm affection that will be missed most. ... Her ability to mobilize students into thinking outside the box is what makes her classes so special and ... gives students tools and resources to grow as scholars."
Providing the tools and resources to help students grow as creative thinkers and scholars, this is the legacy of this professor and department chair. The founder of the International Studies certificate program and of the International Relations major, she was also a key mover in establishing the Environmental Politics major, and in the addition of a number of new courses of study, including Russian Politics, International Political Economy, Third World Politics, International Law, and Politics and the Environment. She founded and organized a series of twelve lectures here at the college by renowned international authorities in the field of international relations, including Europe's first female president and the president of the World Wildlife Federation. She has helped students find internships and jobs in places as far-flung as Mali and Beijing, Washington and California, in government and in agencies such CARE, the State Department, and the Peace Corps.
Her powerful and positive effect on our community has meant that the spirit of what she does has been as transformative as the programs she has initiated and led, such as the moot court sessions she organized that had the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court presiding over student presentations of their cases in the chambers of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She led field trips to the United Nations, founded and taught in a summer program that took students to France; and created a course on Politics and the Arts and organized an interdisciplinary conference on that subject in 2008.
Her involved concern for humanity may be captured in the title of her address in April 2014 at the United Nations: "Nature's Universe and Global Political Culture." In a recent book chapter entitled "Approaching Harmony with Nature," she wrote: "Protecting nature calls for philosophical thinking, poetic inspiration, and spiritual reflection, in addition to scientific, economic and social considerations." Some part of her excellence in scholarship is conveyed by the titles of the three books she has written or co-edited: International Advertising Handbook; People and Their Planet: Searching for Balance; and Candles in the Dark: A New Spirit for a Plural World. Admirers of her scholarship include the likes of Kofi Annan, who praised Candles in the Dark as a "source of inspiration" for "[t]he great challenge that faces us at the start of this millennium, to ensure that globalization becomes a force that benefits all people, not a windfall that rewards only a privileged few."
The message in her teaching, scholarship and service come together to illustrate the value of thinking holistically about students, the curriculum, our natural environment, sustainable social progress, and ways to make lifelong learning a way of transforming and protecting the fragile and vibrant worlds we share. I am honored to present the 2015 AAUP Award for Excellence in Faculty Accomplishment to Professor of Politics Barbara Baudot.