U of R names James Krueger Professor of the Year | Education

Student testimonials call philosophy professor James Krueger a “light on campus” and a valuable advisor and teacher who helps students find their place in the world of health.

The University of Redlands Mortar Board Honor Society named James Krueger Professor of the Year. Krueger, professor of philosophy and director of the health, medicine and society program in the College of Arts and Sciences, has taught at the University of Redlands since 2004.

“It’s truly humbling to be named with such exceptional teachers and to be recognized by students for the work we all do,” Krueger said. “We all know how difficult the last two years have been. I am grateful for the dedication of Redlands students who have continued to show up, work hard, and find ways to excel despite these challenges.

The Professor of the Year distinction recognizes the exceptional teaching abilities of faculty members and their significant contributions to the university community.

The Mortar Board Professor of the Year event honors Bulldog professors for excellence in the classroom, said Steve Wuhs, acting dean of the College of Arts and Science.

“This responsibility is at the heart of what we do here at the University of Redlands,” he said. “I love the purity and clarity of this – we honor the efficient, dedicated and wonderful teachers at this university.”

Students, faculty and staff were able to come together in person for the annual event to celebrate Krueger and the other nominees for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Candace Glendening, lecturer in biology and recipient of the 2021 award, was also honored.

Introducing Krueger, Natalie Keegan, class of 22, said, “James never fails to inspire his students. He is passionate about the discipline of philosophy and creates a positive classroom environment full of thoughtful discussions. Students find that he motivates them to pursue their dreams and he is always there to help them throughout their academic journey.

Student testimonials have called Krueger the “light on campus” and a valuable mentor and teacher who helps students find their place in the world of healthcare.

Teachers of the Year, 2021 and 2022

Redlands Community News photo by Carrie Rosema Students, faculty and staff come together to celebrate Krueger and 2021 winner Candace Glendening, right, for the first in-person Teacher of the Year ceremony since the pandemic began of COVID-19.

About James Kruger

  • University: Bachelor of Philosophy at Whittier College, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Teaches: Courses in philosophy of medicine, medical ethics, science and biology, including “Bioethics: doctors and patients and health and medicine in southern Africa”.
  • Honors: In 2017, Krueger received a Hall Policy Network Scholarly Start-Up Fellowship to support the Southern Africa Corridor, a faculty-led effort to expand academic connections between Johannesburg, South America, and Eswatini, a small country on the southeast coast of Africa.
  • outside the university: Krueger’s affiliations include the American Philosophical Association, the Philosophy of Science Association, and the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.

Mortar Board History

  • Undergraduates launched the Professor of the Year awards 64 years ago to honor distinguished faculty members who embody the ideas of scholarship, leadership and group service. While the Mortar Board Honor Society facilitates the voting process, any student can nominate a professor for the award.
  • Mortar Board began at the University of Redlands in 1943 as a senior female honorary group, known as WEBS (Wisdom, Excellence, Belief and Service). In 1955 it was recognized as an official chapter of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, and in 1975 membership was opened to both men and women.

Other finalists

  • Susan Goldstein: Psychology.
  • Sawa Kurotani: anthropology.
  • Keith Osajima: Race and Ethnic Studies.
  • Shellie Zias-Roe: environmental studies.

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