Professor Katherine Collier, lecturer of collaborative piano, has been honored for outstanding contributions to instruction by being named a Collegiate Lecturer, the result of a university-wide competitive process. She will retain the title throughout her career at the University of Michigan.
The Collegiate Lecturer Program, now in its second year, was created by U-M and the Lecturers' Employee Organization (LEO). In addition to the prestigious title, Collegiate Lecturers receive an annual lump-sum payment to support teaching and professional development.
"Professor Collier's work has significantly contributed to the strengthening of both our undergraduate and graduate programs, and she has had an excellent impact beyond the piano student body as well," said Christopher Harding, chair of piano. "The study of Piano as a collaborative instrument, in chamber music and as accompanist, is second to none at Michigan; our strength is due in no small measure to Professor Collier's tireless devotion to her students and to all aspects of music at the piano.
Each year the University awards up to three Collegiate Lecturer titles to those who demonstrate a sustained record of excellence in teaching and learning and/or in service or other contribution to the University. In that regard, applicants are evaluated using one or more of the following criteria:
- A strong commitment to students and teaching and learning as demonstrated by undertaking activities to advance the quality and practice of teaching and learning at a variety of levels in the classroom, studio and/or lab.
- Using effective teaching strategies and methods to assess student learning.
- A demonstrable commitment to advising and mentoring students, if applicable.
- A demonstrable impact on students' intellectual and/or artistic development.
- Other evidence of exceptional service and/or other contribution to the university.