Jun 04, 2012

2012 Alumni Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring

Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer BuschPresented to Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch

(Newport News, VA) - Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, associate professor and co-director of CNU’s Center for American Studies, is the recipient of the 2012 Alumni Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring. Presented during CNU's 50th anniversary commencement on Saturday, May 11, the award recognizes one faculty member exceptionally committed to upholding the University’s tradition of teaching excellence, student mentoring and citizenship. This prestigious award was created in 2007 as a statement of gratitude from alumni to the faculty, and carries a $2,500 honorarium.

Dr. Kaufer Busch is known for her ability to present opportunities that challenge and inspire students. Since joining the CNU faculty in 2005, she has established herself as a campus leader in teaching, mentoring, scholarship and service.

She is the founder and co-director of the Center for American Studies, fulfilling her vision of bringing innovative educational opportunities to CNU students that could serve as springboards for postgraduate study. In addition, she has developed a “Junior Fellows” program aimed at showcasing and mentoring CNU’s most talented students.

Numerous former students shared compelling stories with CNU’s Alumni Board relating how our honoree’s mentoring influence has been transforming. In the words of one former student: “I think of Dr. Kaufer Busch not only as an exceptional teacher – I think of her as a mentor and role model . . . she has been the single best thing about CNU for me since the first day of freshman year.”

Her many accomplishments and contributions to the CNU community include taking a leading role in creating the American Studies major and minor and co-authoring nearly one million dollars in competitive grants and gifts for CNU, including a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” challenge grant.

Her academic research focuses on American political thought, the U.S. governmental system and the evolution of women's movements in America. She has published articles, book chapters and scholarly studies on these subjects and is the editor of Democracy Revisited: Essays on the American Regime (Lexington Press, 2009).

Mr. Jason Houser, president of CNU’s Alumni Society, who announced the award, stated that Dr. Kaufer Busch “exemplifies excellence in teaching and mentoring. Through her efforts, she is inspiring students through intellectual inquiry and fostering social and civic values grounded by sound scholarship, service, and leadership.”

For more information on CNU’s Center for American Studies, please visit cas.cnu.edu.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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