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Vermont Tech Unveils Wall of Honor for Teaching Excellence

Monday, December 3, 2012

In recognition of its outstanding faculty, Vermont Tech unveiled an award wall in the main administration building on the Randolph Center Campus on Thursday, November 29. Plaques with the names of recipients of the prestigious Harold G. Wirtz Master Teaching Award were dedicated during a reception attended by members of the College’s community. 

“Honoring the excellence of our faculty is one my greatest pleasures,” said President Philip Conroy. “To see the names of these faculty members inscribed on this wall will serve as both a reminder of their exceptional skill and a motivator for our community members to always strive for the highest aspirations.”  

The Wirtz Award celebrates the legacy of Harry Wirtz, a legendary professor of civil and environmental engineering technology. The award goes to a master teacher who stands as a role model for other faculty. Attributes of a master teacher include long, distinguished service as a faculty member, maintaining the highest academic standards, demonstrating deep mastery of the subject matter, engaging students at all levels of preparation, fostering intellectual curiosity and growth, and maintaining strong collegial relationships with the Vermont Technical College community.

Recipients of the Wirtz Award include:

John Knox: 2001

Calvin Blessing: 2003

Joyce Twing: 2005

Scott Sabol: 2008

Kenneth Vandermark: 2010

Matthew Zimet: 2012
“We are fortunate that excellence in teaching is highly valued here at Vermont Tech,” said Academic Dean Pat Menchini. “It is the one of the most important considerations in our reappointment, promotion, and tenure process.”
About Vermont Technical College – Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington and at six other nursing campuses located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region.