Steve Curtright, Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Housing, is the recipient of the 2017 M. Stuart Hunter Award for Outstanding Teaching in University 101. A committee of faculty, staff and students selected Curtright from the 423 nominations (for 142 instructors) submitted by University 101 students. Curtright was nominated by four of his students.
While this is the eighth consecutive year that the award has been given, Steve Curtright is the third recipient of the award under a new title, honoring the legacy of Mary Stuart Hunter who is a leader in the first-year experience movement and has been at the University of South Carolina for 37 years.
Curtright will be recognized on May 24, 2017 at the University 101 Building Connections Conference, an annual professional development event for instructors of the UNIV 101 course. At the luncheon, Curtright will share reflections on how he has demonstrated some of the criteria for the award in his classroom.
Curtright was applauded by the selection committee for his dedication to fostering an engaging and inclusive community. His students wrote about his use of creative assignments and an environment built around humor, approachability, and compassion. Through his relationships with his students, Curtright has helped form the foundations for meaningful college experiences.
The committee appreciated Curtright’s commitment to developing an intentional course design with an emphasis on students’ navigation of college and their individual success. This combined with his demonstrated devotion for the UNIV 101 course and quality student feedback further encouraged the committee to award Steve Curtright as the recipient of the 2017 Award for Outstanding Teaching in University 101.