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Bill Ryan Nominated for CASE Professor of the Year


6/3/2010

Bill Ryan, Department Chair of the Trades & Technical Department of the College of Technology has been nominated by Montana Tech for a CASE US Professor of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding performance as a member of the Montana Tech Faculty. Bill was nominated in the Outstanding Community Colleges Professor category.

The only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, the CASE Professor of the Year Award Program is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The stated purpose of the award program is to salute "the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students."

"I was very glad and proud to nominate Bill for this prestigious award," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "Seventeenth Century philosopher, John Locke said, ‘The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.’ In my opinion, the actions of Bill Ryan do indeed reveal his thoughts, his interest, his dedication, and his passion for teaching and his students. He is very deserving of this award."

Bill was one of the champions and organizers of the adoption of the new Sustainable Energy Technology – Wind Program. Additionally, he has revitalized an external advisory board to assist him in the review, revision, and re-building of the Historic Preservation Program. He organized an evening class in power tools, home repair, and simple carpentry which was enjoyed by members of the community, including Tech staff members. Also, in a move which will resonate in major ways from an academic standpoint, a student retention standpoint, a public relations standpoint, and, perhaps most importantly, a service to the community standpoint, Bill has embraced the principles of the American Democracy Project by involving his students this academic year in the construction of five Habitat for Humanity homes in Butte.

Each institution may nominate three professors for CASE US Professor of the Year Award competition. Each nominee must have taught at the undergraduate level, part- or full-time, for at least one semester during the 2009–2010 academic year. Professors awarded by individual schools are then eligible for further recognition by CASE at the state and national levels.