Professors honored for distinguished service

The College of the Pacific is pleased to announce the winners of the Stephen E. Corson Award for Distinguished Teaching of Freshmen and the Faye and Alex Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award.


Dr. Macelle Mahala

The Corson Award goes to a faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary skill at and commitment toward teaching, mentoring, and advising first year students. To be eligible for this award, a faculty member must hold a tenure-track line in the College of the Pacific and have a proven record of distinction in the teaching of freshmen for a minimum of four semesters. The Spanos Award is awarded for distinguished teaching, based on a career of teaching of at least fifteen years, ten of which are completed here at the College of the Pacific.

This year, the Corson Award goes to Macelle Mahala, Professor of Theater Arts.

The committee noted that significant impact Professor Mahala had on her students, her home department, and her Pacific seminar courses. One of the nomination letters stated that she is an “exemplary individual, dedicated to the full academic life: teaching, research, and scholarship/creative endeavor.”

Dr. Caroline Cox, far right

Dr. Caroline Cox

This year, the Spanos Award goes to Caroline Cox, Professor of History.

The committee wrote that Professor Cox’s “outstanding accomplishments as a teacher and mentor (not just to students but for faculty as well),” accompanied by her wonderful scholarship and excellence in campus citizenship made her a perfect fit for the Spanos Award. Her “dedication, responsibility, and demanding yet compassionate” work with students is well noted in the nomination letters.

“These awards are indeed bestowed on the most distinguished faculty at the College of the Pacific,” said Dean Rena Fraden. “I am proud to be their colleague.”


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