Three noted teacher/scholars have been selected as finalists for Baylor's 2004 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The award winner, who will be announced in spring 2004, will receive $200,000 plus $25,000 for his or her home department and will teach in residence at Baylor during the 2005 spring semester.
The Cherry Award finalists are Dr. Harry Stout, Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University; Dr. Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University; and Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Emeritus, at Yale's Divinity School.
"The Cherry Awards Committee is pleased that we had such a fine group of nominations and that they came from such excellent educational institutions," said Dr. William Bellinger, professor of religion and chair of the selection committee. "We found it encouraging to read of so many fine teachers in contemporary higher education. We are particularly pleased that the three finalists are outstanding teacher/scholars and that each works in areas related to more than one discipline. We believe they will contribute to the Baylor community in their visits to the campus."
The Cherry finalists will receive $15,000 each and will present a series of lectures at Baylor in October. They also will present a Cherry Award Lecture on their home campuses during the 2003-04 academic year. The home department of the finalists also will receive $10,000 to foster the development of teaching skills.