Dr. John Switzer named Teacher of the Year Award at Spring Hill College

Mon, 08/11/2008 (All day)

Mobile, Ala. – Dr. John Switzer, assistant professor of theology and director of graduate theology at Spring Hill College, recently received the Rev. Edward B. Moody, S.J., Teacher of the Year Award.

The award, established in 1963, is an honor bestowed on a full-time Spring Hill faculty member to recognize excellence in teaching. The selection of the Teacher of the Year is made by a broadly representative committee of students, faculty and lhughesistrators based on nominations from all junior- and senior-level students. Switzer was also voted Teacher of the Year in 2004 for the College’s adult undergraduate program, Lifelong Learning. His other honors and awards include: a full doctoral fellowship at Boston College; the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to study the culture of India; Outstanding Graduate Student Award and full master’s scholarship at Loyola University, New Orleans; and national recognition for utilizing the Internet for theological and interreligious understanding. 

“Effective educators realize that classrooms are places of interpersonal relationships.  They are places of cooperative effort aimed and new insights and personal transformation,” Switzer said. “Teaching is a joy for me, and receipt of this award is greatly appreciated. I hope it’s a sign of the fact that my love for my students and their efforts toward new understanding is something they recognize.” 

Switzer earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, La; an S.T.B. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy; an M.A. from Loyola, New Orleans; and Ph.D. from Boston College. He has been published in various local and national publications including the “National Catholic Reporter,” “U.S. Catholic,” “The American Catholic” and “Gulf Pine Catholic.” His teaching areas include historical and comparative theology, spirituality, and transformative religious education.   

Spring Hill College’s theology and ministry programs are offered in Jackson, Miss.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Birmingham, Ala., in addition to the main campus in Mobile. For more information, visit www.shc.edu/theology or call (800) 524-8957.