Wilson is Picked as Best Teacher

Wilson is Picked as Best Teacher

Honor society taps English prof. for award

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Prof. Christopher Wilson (English) has been chosen for the 1999 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, given annually by the academic honor society's Boston College chapter to a faculty member who has achieved distinction as a teacher and advisor.

Wilson, director of the American Studies Program, is the 12th person to win the award since its inception in 1990.

"I'm very grateful for this honor," said Wilson. "It means a lot coming from the students."

" One thing that has become evident through the years we've been giving the award, " said Assoc. Prof. Richard Tresch (Economics), the chapter president, " is that the students really like veteran teachers. We often hear concerns about teachers ' burning out ' after a certain number of years, but at Boston College they just seem to get better and better. That is certainly true in the case of Phi Beta Kappa award winners like Chris. "

Wilson: "It means a lot coming from the students."

Wilson said his students seem to appreciate the interdisciplinary character of his teaching approach, in classes on 19th and early 20th-century American literature and culture, literary journalism and cultural studies.

"I like to work in perspectives of music, photography, the arts, and other fields or specialties," he explained. "To me, it's a natural way of teaching, and the combining of these disciplines appears to hold a lot of meaning for the students."

A member of the BC faculty since 1980, Wilson is the author of two books and sits on the editorial advisory board of American Quarterly .

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