|Tami Carmichael named State Professor of the Year |
Tami Carmichael, associate professor of humanities and integrated studies, is the 2008 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching North Dakota Professor of the Year.
Carmichael was chosen for her impact on undergraduate students, her scholarly approach to teaching and learning, as well as contributions to her profession, her community, and especially, to undergraduate education at UND, according to the foundation.
Carmichael and a guest, along with other state and national winners, were invited to attend a U.S. Professors of the Year awards luncheon and evening reception in Washington D.C. The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students.
The program is administered by The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE hosted the awards luncheon, where the state award winners and the four national award winners were announced. CASE will also release information regarding the four national winners and a complete list of 2008 state winners on the Web site, www.usprofessorsoftheyear.org
A native of Port Allegheny, Pa., Carmichael started her teaching career at UND in 1996 as a consultant in the Writing Center and assistant coordinator of the UND Honors Program. She started teaching English as an assistant professor at UND in 1998. At the same time, she was promoted to associate coordinator of the Honors Program.
Today, Carmichael coordinates UND's Integrated Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Carmichael has authored and co-authored several internal grants proposals that have netted more than $40,000, allowing the UND Honors Program to improve its writing courses and the program at large. In addition, she co-authored a grant for Student Technology Fee money that established a computer lab.
Carmichael's professional interests include pedagogy and practices in general education and integrative studies, history of American undergraduate learning communities and 19th Century literature, with a concentration on women's literature and works by Herman Melville and Mark Twain.
Before coming to UND, Carmichael held an assistant teaching appointment and was an instructor in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Georgia. She's also served in instructor positions at Athens Area Technical College and Dekalb College, both in Georgia.
She received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the University of Georgia in 1993.
Carmichael received her bachelor's degree from Grove City (Pa.) College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her master's and Ph.D in English from the University in 1992 and 1998, respectively.