SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Wofford College professor Lillian Gonzalez was among 20 recipients of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching Awards, given April 17. The professors were honored at a banquet at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C.
Gonzalez, assistant professor of accounting and finance, brings to the classroom theoretical knowledge from her education in accounting, blended with practical application based on her years of experience as a practicing CPA. She is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate from Wofford College, and received her master's degree from Clemson University. She also has engaged in substantial additional study at Georgetown University and the University of Georgia.
"Her enthusiasm for her subject and for her students exceeds that of many," says Dr. Dan Maultsby, dean of the college. "It manifests itself in the regard that students have for her and in her top ranking by students in their evaluations. She is always at the top of the faculty. She is remarkable as a professor and as a colleague."
The recipients of the 2007 SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award were honored with a certificate and a professional development grant for $3,000. The award is given to one faculty member at each of the 20 SCICU member colleges and universities. Each recipient was chosen by his or her institution according to rigorous criteria. The most important characteristic of the nominees is their demonstration of the highest standards in teaching methods that encourages students to strive for excellence in their studies and pursuits.
SCICU was established in 1953 with the primary mission of promoting independent higher education in South Carolina. SCICU seeks to advance independent higher education through fundraising, scholarships, research, and by facilitating collaborative activities among the 20 member institutions, which educate more than 32,500 students each year. For additional information about SCICU, contact Brenda Torrence or Wayne Landrith at (803) 799-7122, or visit at www.scicu.org.