Assistant Professor Awarded for Teaching Excellence

A photo of Schieffer College faculty member Jean Marie Brown dressed in academic regalia.Jean Marie Brown, assistant professor of professional practice in the department of journalism and director of student media, was named one of three winners of the 2020 TCU Deans’ Award for Teaching. The announcement was made at fall convocation, which was celebrated virtually this year.

In a letter, Brown’s nominator commends Brown for her “natural flair for teaching.” The letter continues: “Students just gravitated towards her and she always welcomed them irrespective of the demands of her schedule.”

Brown says her interaction with students doesn’t stop when class ends or even at graduation. She says, “I encourage students to share their work with me throughout the writing process.” Therefore, she’s helped former students over text message and offered corrections via Google Docs late at night.

After the news of her award was posted online, numerous current and former students praised Brown on Twitter.

Nominees for the deans’ teaching award have been full-time faculty members at TCU for at least five years and have demonstrated a particular dedication to teaching and teaching-related activities. The other two award winners were Dr. Cynthia Savage, associate professor of professional practice and the associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Education, and Dr. Carol Thompson, professor of sociology and anthropology in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. Each recipient receives a $2,500 award.