By Carlo Alacaraz
Jaime Treadwell, professor of art foundations and last year’s recipient of the Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching, decided to encourage student nominations by sending a mass email to the entire student body, which resulted in hundreds of nominations. Prior to his email, fewer than 20 nominations had been sent.
“It’s a big to-do and nobody knows about it,” said Treadwell. “It’s completely student driven with no politics involved whatsoever.”
Treadwell won the award in 2015, an honor that took him completely by surprise. “It was amazing,” Treadwell said. “I had no clue. I couldn’t even tell my staff. It is not the same as being honored by your peers, and it makes you feel like you’ve been doing the right thing all along.”
While the deadline for nominations was midnight, April 1, Treadwell hopes to raise awareness about the award in the future. The Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching was established by the late Mrs. Jerry Gould, a member of the DCCC Board of Trustees. Her endowment to the college was intended to award faculty members that, in her own words, “embody the spirit and philosophy of the college.”