October 16, 2008
Dr. Richard Schultz, Elmhurst College assistant professor of geography and geosciences, has been selected to receive the National Council for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2008. Only five university and college professors in North America were selected to receive the prestigious honor this year.
Schultz was honored at the awards banquet during the National Conference on Geography Education in Dearborn, Michigan, on October 11, 2008. His interests include geochemistry of black shales, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications.
Schultz, the senior author of more than 40 publications in international journals and periodicals, is the coordinator of Elmhurst College’s GIS certificate program, as well as its environmental geosciences program.
“While I am very pleased and proud that Rich Schultz has been awarded this Distinguished Teaching award, I am not particularly surprised,” said Dr. Alzada Tipton, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Elmhurst College. “I have had the good fortune to see for myself the excellence of Rich’s teaching, and believe that the NCGE has made an exceptionally apt choice.”
A panel of three judges chose Schultz. The judges considered letters of recommendation from colleagues, teaching materials and methods, leadership, professional development, and involvement in student activities.
“Rich’s commitment to his students is matched only by his seemingly inexhaustible energy and passion for his subject matter,” said Tipton. “He is a good example of the strong commitment that I see from Elmhurst College faculty to their students’ learning.”
Elmhurst College has a long-standing affiliation with the NCGE, as Dr. Karl Robert, (former chair of the department of geography at the College) served as its national president in the 1980s. Robert also received the Miller Award in 1984, for distinguished service in geographic education, the highest award given by the Council.