Mercyhurst College faculty and administration have chosen Alice Edwards, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and director of the Mercyhurst World Languages department, as the recipient of the 2002 Teaching Excellence Award as part of the 74th annual commencement celebration at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.
The teaching excellence award has its roots in an 1990 effort by the Sears-Roebuck Foundation’s Teaching Excellence Award Program to honor college and university faculty. Today, the Teaching Excellence Award is presented as part of the commencement week celebration and includes a check for $1,000.
Edwards joined the Mercyhurst College faculty in 1989 as the director of the language laboratory and an instructor of Spanish. Today, she is an associate professor of Spanish and director of the World Languages Department. In addition, Edwards has served as the faculty advisor for the study abroad program at the college and Phi Sigma Iota, the foreign language honor society. She has served on the Rank and Tenure Committee and in the College Senate.
Edwards earned her bachelor of arts degree in foreign language and Spanish and French literature from Gannon University; her master of arts degree in Spanish Literature from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.; and her doctoral degree in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Edwards studied in Barcelona, Spain, and was part of a Fulbright Teacher Exchange to Mexico in 1991-92.