Chris Staley, distinguished professor of art, is the recipients of the 2017 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.
The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full time for at least five years with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties. Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.
Staley is a decorated educator with 35 years in the profession but he’s still learning.
“As a teacher, I am constantly striving to discover more effective ways to teach,” said Staley. “By sharing my own doubts and fears, I try to convey to students that failing is a fundamental component to creativity and learning. I want them to know that I am learning from them and I value their wisdom. I try to be a good listener.
Staley has taught workshops and lectures at more than 200 educational institutions, including the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Israel and the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands.
“From these experiences, I always return to Penn State eager to share new-found knowledge with students,” said Staley, who is president of the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts, a group of more than 5,000 artists, writers and educators.
Staley remains an active artist. His work, through dozens of exhibits, appears in prominent collections from the Victoria and Albert museums in London to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
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