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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently named Collin College physics professor Dr. Greg Sherman the 2012 Texas Professor of the Year, a title unmatched by any other college or university professor in the state.
“We applaud Dr. Sherman’s momentous achievement,” said Mac Hendricks, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Sherman is a dedicated professor and an asset to the college and the community.”
The Professor of the Year program, now in its 32nd year, is the only national initiative that focuses solely on excellent undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Dr. Sherman accepted the award at a Washington D.C ceremony at the National Press Club. CASE and Carnegie also honored Dr. Sherman at a Congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill.
Collin College District President Cary A. Israel said Dr. Sherman’s win is historic because it marks the fifth Professor of the Year at Collin College, surpassing the state record previously held by Rice University and Texas Christian University (TCU) with four faculty honorees each. The University of Texas at Austin has three.
“Dr. Sherman’s achievement is a testament to the cadre of outstanding professors teaching at Collin College, and it adds to our legacy of academic excellence. With three U.S. Professors of the Year and two Texas Professors of the Year, Collin College is the only college or university in the state with five winners,” Israel said.
Like Dr. Sherman, Collin College psychology professor Jennifer O’Loughlin Brooks was Texas Professor of the Year in 2006.
In 2009 Dr. Tracey McKenzie, professor of sociology, won U.S. Professor of the Year as did developmental mathematics professor Dr. Rosemary Karr in 2007 and theater professor Brad Baker in 2000.
“We are very proud of Dr. Sherman,” Israel continued. “His dedication and hard work have led students to amazing discoveries in the classroom, in the laboratory and even in outer space. Dr. Sherman’s research students competed against peers from around the world and discovered an asteroid!”
Outside of the classroom and laboratory, Dr. Sherman has been involved with the Texas Community College Aerospace Scholars, a NASA program for Texas community college students. He and his students had the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He serves as a secondary advisor for the Collin Robotics Club and enjoys watching the wonder in students’ and community member’s eyes as they gaze through telescopes at the college’s Star Parties.
“It is an honor to receive this award. It is wonderful to have affirmation that I am moving in the right direction and doing some good for my students. This is an award for the whole faculty because I am surrounded by so many wonderful professors at this outstanding college,” Dr. Sherman said.
Sherman received a Ph.D. in physics from TCU in 2004. He received a master’s degree in physics in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1995 from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Collin College serves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.
Pictured (from left) are the five Collin College Professors of the Year: Jennifer O’Loughlin Brooks, Collin College professor of psychology and the 2006 Texas Professor of the Year; Dr. Greg Sherman, Collin College professor of physics and the 2012 Texas Professor of the Year; Dr. Rosemary Karr, Collin College professor of developmental mathematics and the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year; Brad Baker, Collin College professor of theater and the 2000 U.S. Professor of the Year; and Dr. Tracey McKenzie, Collin College professor of sociology and the 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Collin College physics professor Dr. Greg Sherman the 2012 Texas Professor of the Year, a title unmatched by any other college or university professor in the state.
Dr. Sherman’s historic win marks the fifth Professor of the Year at Collin College, surpassing the state record previously held by Rice University and Texas Christian University (TCU) with four faculty honorees each. The University of Texas at Austin has three.
Photos by Nick Young, Collin College photographer