‘Carlson Award’ Category


Carlson Award


Pamela Kittelson, 2017 Carlson Award Winner, Biology Department

Every year, former recipients of the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching meet to review the new crop of nominations. In 2016, those former recipients established several criteria that they would look for in the nominees. This year’s recipient has garnered praise from students and colleagues in all of those areas, and has been […]

Eric Carlson, 2016 Carlson Award Winner, History Department

It is my great honor to introduce this year’s Carlson winner…since good teaching requires good students, I am going to read some quotes students have written about this outstanding teacher. One student wrote: “His investment in education for himself and his students shows through his enthusiasm in and out of the classroom and in his […]

David Obermiller, 2015 Carlson Award Winner, History Department

The Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Gustavus faculty member. Nominations are accepted from students, faculty, and staff, which document examples of the faculty member’s excellence in the classroom, enthusiasm for teaching and advising, and the use of particularly innovative or collaborative teaching methods. […]

Matthew Panciera, 2014 Carlson Award Winner, Classics Department

Each year at commencement a faculty member is honored with the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching in recognition of his or her exceptional skill and effectiveness as an instructor. The 2014 recipient is Matt Panciera, PhD, associate professor of classics at Gustavus. Professor Panciera “makes Gustavus a special place, where students not only […]

Rebecca Fremo, 2013 Carlson Award Winner, English Department

Each year at commencement a faculty member is honored with the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching in recognition of his or her exceptional skill and effectiveness as an instructor. The 2013 recipient is Rebecca Taylor Fremo, associate professor and chair of the English Department at Gustavus. Fremo received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees […]

Alisa Rosenthal, 2012 Carlson Award Winner, Political Science Department

Horace Mann, the father of modern public education in America, once said, “A teacher—who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn—is hammering on cold iron.” The 2012 Edgar Carlson Award winner knows NOTHING about hammering on cold iron, as evidenced by the following statements from students: “This professor is […]

Barbara Zust, 2011 Carlson Award Winner, Nursing Department

My colleagues are gifted educators, innovative thinkers, and simply great humans. I know, because they have taught me how to teach and how to be in the world. No matter what our field or what we do, what all of us at Gustavus have in common is a commitment to students. In my 14 years […]

Leila Brammer, 2010 Carlson Award Winner, Communication Studies Department

The Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees established the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1971 to honor former President Edgar Carlson for his years of distinguished leadership, and in recognition of his commitment to academic excellence. Gustavus students, faculty, staff, and administrators nominate professors for this award, and each year at Commencement […]

Rick Orpen, 2009 Carlson Award Winner, Music Department

This year’s Carlson Award winner has been described by student nominators as quiet and reserved, with a calm and collected teaching style that helps to keep students engaged in the material presented in all his courses. He has been described as completely accessible in and out of the classroom, a person who does everything possible […]

Richard Leitch, 2008 Carlson Award Winner, Political Science Department

This year’s Recipient of the Edgar M. Carlson Award has received a large number of nominations, including by student majors and non-majors, first-year students through seniors. One of those students wrote, “This faculty member brings an amazing enthusiasm into the classroom. He becomes more than just your teacher but also your colleague. [He] pushes you […]