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Susan Michalczyk Wins PBK Teaching Award


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: May 23, 2013

Susan Michalczyk, assistant director of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, has been chosen for the 2013 Teaching Award from the Boston College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the most prestigious academic honorary society in the United States.

PBK members nominate an outstanding teacher who has positively influenced their experience at BC; winners are selected for the award based on the cumulative nominations from students over multiple years.

An adjunct associate professor in A&S Honors, Michalczyk earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BC in 1976 and 1977, respectively, and a doctorate from Harvard University in 1986. She taught Italian and literature at Harvard before returning to BC in 1992.

Michalczyk served as co-editor for the book The Plume & the Palette: Essays in Honor of Josephine Von Henneburg, and co-authored with her husband John — professor and former chairman of Fine Arts — “The Psychology of the Bystander and ‘The Other’ in Holocaust Film,” in Jonathan Friedman’s Performing Difference: Representations of The Other in Film and Theatre. Michalczyk is vice president of the American Association of University Professors.

A student nominating Michalczyk for the award wrote: "I deeply appreciate everything that Dr. Michalczyk has done for me in the past three years, but I also admire and respect her for the devotion to her profession as well as to her family."

To find out more about the Boston College Phi Beta Kappa chapter, including this year's initiates, see