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Parry Honored as Teacher of the Year by National Association

jour1104parry.jpgPam Parry, associate professor of journalism, will be honored Aug. 7 as Teacher of the Year by the Small Program Interest Group at the national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Boston. John Jenks, SPIG head, said “This year Pam Parry demonstrated she merits that honor through her documented classroom skills and all-around dedication to her students and her profession. Parry has also been an educational entrepreneur – building a program and attracting scores of students to it.”
Parry founded the public relations program at Belmont in 2004 and in four years it became largest program in the School of Social Sciences and one of the fastest growing programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. A colleague and fellow department chair described Parry as “a terrific teacher who has the uncanny ability to connect with both advanced and average students. Her evaluation scores are invariably well above Belmont’s averages, no small feat given this university’s commitment to undergraduate education. She combines an intellectually rigorous curriculum with a relaxed, non-threatening classroom style that receives rave reviews from students.”

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