Pratt wins 2017 SCICU Excellence in Teaching award
Dr. J. Kristian “Kris” Pratt, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Division of Social Science and Humanities at Spartanburg Methodist College, was honored with the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award at a reception and dinner April 4.
The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes dedicated and committed faculty from 20 SCICU member institutions who work one-on-one with students whom they also serve as advisers, mentors and friends. The award includes a $3,000 professional development grant.
“Since joining the SMC faculty in 2007, Dr. Pratt has set high standards in the classroom, in his professional development and in service to the college community,” said Dr. Ann Bowles, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Development. “His teaching philosophy places students at the center of his work, creating an atmosphere where students take an active role in the learning process and are challenged to think about relevant issues rather than rote memorization of facts.”
In nominations from SMC faculty, Pratt was recognized for his service on numerous college-wide committees, coordinating a symposium on “Faith and Justice,” directing the college’s academic advising program, mentoring new faculty, advising the Phi Theta Kappa chapter and chairing the Humanities Division.
“Dr. Pratt is fully immersed in the college community. He engages students with masterful teaching and inspires colleagues by his exemplary research and continuing professional development,” said President Scott Cochran. “He is a campus leader in assessment and improving student learning. SMC is enriched by his dedication to higher learning.”
Pratt holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in divinity/ministry from Gardner Webb University and a doctorate in religion/religious studies from Baylor University.