One of the highest awards given at the University, the Reverend John J. Stack Teaching Excellence Award recognizes members of the faculty who have made outstanding contributions to student learning by implementing successful and innovative pedagogical teaching approaches. USJ is proud to announce that the 2020 recipient is Andrea Courtemanche, Ph.D., BCBA-D, associate professor of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies.
Upon receiving the award, Dr. Courtemanche said, “I’m honored to be this year’s recipient and join the prestigious group of previous award winners. It’s wonderful to work at a place where high quality teaching is emphasized and valued.”
Dr. Courtemanche received both her Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of Kansas; her B.S. in Psychology-Neuroscience Track is from the University of Massachusetts. She has taught at USJ since 2014, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
In making the award presentation, USJ Provost Michelle M. Kalis, Ph.D., remarked, “Dr. Courtemanche’s courses are usually full because she engages in a variety of rapport-building activities, including helping students find jobs and create research opportunities. She gives seemingly endless amounts of personal attention to each student.”
Students who nominated Dr. Courtemanche for the Stack Award offered resounding accolades, saying, “Dr. Courtemanche was able to make technical information accessible to students. She went above and beyond to ensure student success.” Another student noted, “[Andrea] made this class so enjoyable, but also so beneficial to my clinical knowledge. Andrea provides a wonderful environment for discussion and provides tons of experience and clinical examples.”
Due to COVID-19, USJ delayed the announcement of the recipient from spring to fall semester. On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, Provost Kalis and President Rhona C. Free, Ph.D. presented the award to Dr. Courtemanche.
Please join the USJ Community in congratulating Dr. Courtemanche for her teaching success.