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Freeman Named Missouri Professor of the Year

November 14, 2013

Terrence Freeman

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Terrence Freeman at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley the 2013 Missouri Professor of the Year.

This year, a state Professor of the Year was recognized in 36 states. Freeman was selected from more than 350 top professors in the United States.

Freeman is a professor in engineering science and has been with the college since 1982. He was an adviser to the president for seven years on multicultural affairs, coordinated Project Chart to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and is an adviser for the National Society of Black Engineers. He helped develop the minority engineering transfer program and has hosted nine students from South and Central America. He’s also an in-demand motivational speaker, author and third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

“This is an incredible and humbling honor,” Freeman said. “Awards like this are never won in isolation. This particular award reflects the opportunities, relationships and support that I have had through the years at St. Louis Community College. It is the culmination of the love of education that was instilled by my parents, Calvin and LaVerne, and reinforced throughout my life in school and through community mentors. It is the critical reason that those of us who have been so blessed have a responsibility to encourage, mentor and support today's youth on their journey to success. We never know where our influence ends unless we choose not to try.”

CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. Additional support for the program is received from Phi Beta Kappa, which sponsors an evening congressional reception, the Professional and Organizational Development  Network in Higher Education and other higher education associations.

CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected four national winners. CASE and Carnegie select state winners from top entries resulting from the judging process. Freeman was selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.

“Terry is a true representative of the faculty we have at St. Louis Community College – dedicated and in tune with the success of our students,” said Marcia Pfeiffer, president of the STLCC-Florissant Valley campus. “This award is a testament to his hard work within the campus community and for students in the St. Louis region.”

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City, CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.