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Spotlight: Professor Honored for Teaching Excellence

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

For Associate Professor of Music Jeffrey W. Price, the essence of his teaching philosophy and activities is rooted in a love and pursuit to help others attain knowledge, successfully apply information and experience wholeness.

Price recently was selected from among a prestigious list of finalists as the 2010 recipient of the highest teaching honor bestowed by UNC Charlotte – the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence.

“I adopt my students in such a way that, when I am with them, they are the most important thing in the world to me at that particular point in time. I do not teach music; I do not teach voices; I teach people,” he said.

In announcing the winner, Associate Professor of English Meg Morgan, 2008 award winner and chair of the selection committee, noted that Price’s students are encouraged to apply what they learn in the classroom in a performance setting, and throughout the process they know Price will support their efforts.

I adopt my students in such a way that, when I am with them, they are the most important thing in the world to me at that particular point in time. I do not teach music; I do not teach voices; I teach people.
Jeffrey W. Price, Associate Professor of Music

According to one student, “He brings out the best in all his students and sees qualities of goodness that we did not know existed. He’s always cheerful and will present all of your positive attributes to you before explaining what needs to be worked on. He’s a talented vocalist and makes you believe you will sing like him one day if you apply yourself.”

The other nominees included: Matthew A. Davies, associate professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science; Janos Gergely, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Jeanneine P. Jones, professor of middle, secondary and K-12 education; and Beth Elise Whitaker, associate professor of political science.

The five finalists were honored Oct. 1 during an evening ceremony and gala attended by UNC Charlotte faculty members and their guests at Bank of America’s Founder’s Hall.
Chancellor Philip L. Dubois congratulated all the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence nominees. “All of these individuals embody UNC Charlotte’s historic commitment to a welcoming, nurturing, inclusive, and inspirational classroom. They are admired for the time and attention they give to their students, their commitment to each and every individual, and the level of professionalism they demonstrate each and every day.”

Price joined UNC Charlotte in 1992. After completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNC Greensboro, he earned a Ph.D. from Florida State University. Prior to joining the University, he served on the faculty of the Marshall University.

In addition to classroom teaching, Price accompanies students to vocal auditions and competitions and prepares them for their senior recitals. Students benefit from his active participation in the National Association of Teachers of Singing events as they perform for voice teachers, view other student performers, receive written assessments, and place in competitions. He also oversaw the recording of a CD that showcased students and faculty that raised money for music scholarships. Price maintains a very active schedule as a performer and conductor.