Dr. Marcia Delcourt - Teaching Excellence Award

Marcy Delcourt - Teaching Excellence Award Recipient
Dr. Marcy Delcourt

Dr. Marcia Delcourt, Professor of Education and Educational Psychology, has been named the 2008 recipient of the WCSU Teaching Excellence Award, which will be presented at a ceremony at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 in Warner Hall on the Midtown campus.

Delcourt is Coordinator of the Ed.D. Program in Instructional Leadership, which saw its first members graduate last May.

“Dr. Delcourt exemplifies all that one hopes for in a faculty member,” said Dr. Ellen Durnin, dean of Graduate Studies and External Programs. “She brings strong research skills, exemplary teaching, and a personal commitment to her students and to the university which inspire all who work with her.”

Mike Obre, an art teacher at Danbury High School, graduated with the first cohort of the Ed.D. program and recalled Delcourt’s dedication to her students.

“I think Marcy is the most intelligent person I have ever met,” Obre said. “She can process a preposterous amount of information instantaneously – faster than a computer for sure – meaning several things for her students:

  1. Be prepared for every encounter with Dr. Delcourt, be it conversational or in the classroom. Her intellect is vast and if you haven’t thoroughly done your research, be it about Star Trek, toothpaste, or your dissertation, she’ll smoke you out!
  2. Be prepared to be challenged all the time! This is one of Marcy’s great strengths – she has high expectations for her students and never relents or stops challenging – she’s always on!
  3. Be prepared to be supported and celebrated! The first two items are frequently frustrating and stressful – but there is no greater champion of her students’ successes than Marcy.

The award presentation will be made during the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony, during which faculty are cited for academic and professional work outside the classroom and off campus over the previous year.

WCSU presents the Teaching Excellence Award each year to a member of the university’s AAUP faculty who has made outstanding contributions in the area of teaching. Nominations are judged in the areas of knowledge of subject matter, effective use of teaching methods, effectiveness in inspiring development, innovation in pedagogy, and effectiveness in contributing to the students’ intellectual growth.

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