Professor of Latin American history Eileen Findlay was presented with the “Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment” award at the 2016 University Faculty Awards ceremony. This prestigious award is designed to reflect “sustained contributions to the university over many years” and requires excellence in teaching as documented by student evaluations, comments, and feedback; success of former students; and a wide range of advising and mentoring activities with AU students. Across the years, students have praised Prof. Findlay’s “energy, passion, and enthusiasm” in the classroom, her intellectual rigor, and her extraordinary capacity to motivate them.
According to former Department Chair Pam Nadell, who presented the award to Findlay, “time and again students say that she is ‘one of the best, if not the very best, teachers, that they have ever encountered.’” Perhaps the most telling testimony of all, Nadell says, comes from the excited student who claimed: “I have never come across a professor who could make the process of writing a 60-page paper fun” until meeting Prof. Findlay. Nadell went on to note that Findlay has mentored more than a dozen students to Fulbright awards and other prestigious scholarships, her alumni have gone on to graduate study at the most elite universities and won major fellowships, and her doctoral students are engaged in teaching and research at universities, institutes, and seminaries around the nation.