SMC professor receives excellence in teaching award for extraordinary service
Spartanburg Methodist College Professor of Mathematics Dr. Benjamin Sloop received the 2019 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominated by his peers, Sloop exemplifies excellence in the classroom, as well as dedication to his students outside of class, dedication to his role as an adviser to students and dedication to his colleagues in assisting SMC during a time of significant change.
On April 9, Sloop attended the annual SCICU awards dinner in Columbia, South Carolina, where he was presented with his award and a $3,000 research grant. Last year’s winner from SMC was Dr. Cole Cheek.
“My advisees who take Dr. Sloop’s class say that he is generous with his time, as he is always eager to meet students outside of class and work with them, especially students who are struggling with his course material,” says Dr. Kelly Neil, SMC Professor of English and British Literature and Director of Academic Advising.
Sloop came to SMC in 2011. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as faculty adviser for SMC’s LGBT student organization, has led a faculty search committee and served as a member of the academic affairs and curriculum committee.
Sloop received his B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University, his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from Georgia State University, his M.S. in Mathematics Sciences from Clemson University and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Clemson University.
SCICU is a charitable organization that represents 20 liberal arts institutions in South Carolina. SCICU provides support for its member institutions by fundraising and supplementing scholarships and research. In order to become a member of SCICU, a school must be either a four- or two-year liberal arts college or university, be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and be a nonprofit institution based in South Carolina.