Senior Lecturer Brian Connor was awarded a 2023 Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty. In addition to earning the title of "most valuable professor" from student-athletes annually since his arrival in 2016, his teaching excellence has played an important role in recent increases in the number of Sociology majors and minors.“Dr. Connor is without question one of the highest-quality instructors in our department,” notes Professor and Chair https://socy.umd.edu/facultyprofile/lucas/jeffhttps://socy.umd.edu/facultyprofile/lucas/jeff. “His classes have largely served as an entrée into our major, and having a skilled, dedicated and popular instructor in those courses has served the department extremely well.”
“Brian’s teaching is masterful and worthy of emulation,” says Associate Professor Long Doan. “I often follow his example when thinking through how to structure my own classes. He is a spectacularly wonderful colleague and a true asset to the department, college and university.”
Nicole Cousin-Gossett, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education for the School of Public Health, writes that “Dr. Connor brings clarity and a quiet confidence in tackling the teaching challenges we face in higher education...I strongly believe that Dr. Connor will continue to grow as a leading teaching voice in the Department of Sociology and on our campus.”
Connor will be recognized at the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on September 13, 2023.