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Dr. Tim Vercellotti Honored for Teaching Excellence at Western New England University

Published: April 20, 2023 | Categories: Faculty, Arts and Sciences, All News
Dr. Tim Vercellotti leading classroom discussion

Dr. Tim Vercellotti has been named the recipient of the 2023 Excellence in Teaching Award at Western New England University. Winners of the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award are nominated by students, faculty, and administrators for outstanding contributions as educators and advisors.

Dr. Vercellotti is a professor of political science, director of the University's Polling Institute and the University's London Summer Program. He teaches courses in survey research, media and politics, and political behavior. His current research projects focus on public assessments of public schools in the U.S., youth political participation in the U.S. and Britain, and shifting norms of political discourse in the British House of Commons. Dr. Vercellotti holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Tim Vercellotti's Teaching Excellence Award is a true testament to his unwavering dedication to his students. The overwhelming support and admiration expressed by his nominators and students speaks volumes about his ability to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment. His kindness and compassion have left a lasting impact on his students, who have recognized his genuine concern for their well-being, both inside and outside the classroom. It is evident that Dr. Vercellotti's generosity of spirit and willingness to mentor have not gone unnoticed, as one of his junior colleagues attests. His ability to create teachable moments from current events and to provide structure during challenging times, such as the pandemic, is a testament to his commitment to student success. Dr. Vercellotti's knowledge, flexibility, and exceptional feedback makes him a beloved and respected member of the Western New England University community.

The presentation of the WNE Teaching Excellent award will take place at the University's 2023 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2023.