Lindenwood University history professor Jeff Smith has won the Lindenwood President’s Scholar-Teacher award. He was presented a plaque by President James D. Evans at the school’s faculty meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The scholar-teacher award is presented annually to the Lindenwood professor who most effectively merges professional scholarship with effective classroom teaching. This ideal may be achieved by through nurturance of major scholarship in one’s students as part of their coursework, application of one’s scholarly work to improvement in one’s classroom teaching, or development of scholarly works for use by students in their classes.
Nominations for the award are made directly from the academic divisions, and finalists are selected by the Faculty Planning and Development Committee. The Dean’s Council selects the winning nominee and reports its choice to the president.
Smith has taught at Lindenwood since 1996, before which he was executive director of the Summit County Historical Society in Akron, Ohio, and the St. Louis Mercantile Library, respectively; he has a bachelor’s from Mount Union College, an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and a doctorate from the University of Akron.
“To receive an honor such as this has been humbling, since I’m always aware that I’m surrounded by such a fine group of professors and colleagues,” Smith said.
In his off time, Smith portrays various historical figures, including Andrew Carnegie, P.T. Barnum and William Clark, for different groups. Rick Boyle, vice president for human resources, said Smith’s talent as a raconteur serves him well in the classroom.
“He is a great storyteller and helps to make history come off the page,” Boyle said.