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English professor receives Carroll University faculty award

April 25, 2013

WAUKESHA, WIS.— Dr. John Garrison, assistant professor of English at Carroll University, received the 2013 Norman and Louise Allhiser Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award was established in 1986 to recognize exceptional instruction, based largely on student evaluations. It was presented to Garrison at the university’s Celebrating Success event on April 23, 2013.

Garrison, a Milwaukee resident, joined the Carroll faculty in 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California-Berkley, his master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and his doctoral degree in English from the University of California-Davis.

During Garrison’s time at Carroll, he has built an outstanding record of teaching excellence, as evidenced by consistently and often extraordinarily positive comments and evaluations from students and faculty. One of his nominations indicated that “students regularly cite his sense of humor and his genuine desire to help them succeed, as well as the diverse activities he’s designed to help them improve…. One of John’s gifts seems to be that he challenges students to reach their highest potential while still maintaining the kind of visceral experience that makes a course stand out as memorable.” 

Another faculty member wrote that students regularly describe Garrison as “awesome” and “inspiring,” and upon looking into the reasons for their praise, found ample demonstration of John’s rigor, innovation and dedication to students within and beyond the classroom.

Garrison has published five articles since 2010 and has received a number of awards and research fellowships. This summer, he will serve as a Pioneer Scholars mentor to junior Jenna Villanova of Oconomowoc, on a research project titled “Writing Locally, Networking Globally: The Overlooked Poetics of Sherwood Anderson.” In June 2013, he will be a fellow-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

L to R: Marna Tess-Mattner, chair of the Carroll University Board of Trustees, Dr. John Garrison, Dr. Douglas Hastad, Carroll President, Dr. Joanne Passaro, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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