Fairfield University presents Distinguished Teaching Award to Fairfield resident


Image: R Crabtree and R EpsteinFairfield University's College of Arts and Sciences has presented its 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award to Robert Epstein, Ph.D., associate professor of English, a Fairfield, Conn., resident.

For 15 years, Dr. Epstein has enriched the English curriculum with courses on everything from medieval literature to fairytales. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

"Students respect Professor Epstein for the right reasons: He has an infectious enthusiasm for his material, he is demanding and pushes students to think critically and deeply, and he gives students every opportunity to succeed," said Robbin Crabtree, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Epstein is known for promoting academic excellence through detailed attention to students and their work, enforcing the highest intellectual standards. "Professor Epstein brings these same habits to extensive service and leadership at Fairfield, much of which supports the core curriculum, promotes interdisciplinary inquiry and defends the inherent value of the liberal arts," Dean Crabtree said.

Dr. Epstein said he was extremely grateful for the award. "Over the years, I have seen many of my colleagues teach, and I know how talented and dedicated they all are," he said. "There isn't a professor in the College of Arts & Sciences who doesn't deserve recognition for teaching excellence. So I take this award as a symbol of the College's commitment to quality teaching and the faculty's dedication students."

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Media Contact: Meredith Guinness, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, mguinness@fairfield.edu

Posted on June 4, 2013

Vol. 45, No. 298