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Rensselaer Architecture Professor Wins Prestigious Professor of the Year Award

November 13, 2001

Troy, N.Y. — Frances Bronet, associate professor of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and long-time Troy resident, has been chosen as the 2001 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New York Professor of the Year.

The award, part of the U.S. Professor of the Year Program, is being announced today in Washington, D.C., by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The annual program honors the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. Bronet, president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and former associate dean of architecture at Rensselaer, was selected out of 384 faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Chosen were four national winners and 46 state winners.

“Professor Bronet’s selection as a top professor by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is a reflection of her dedication to her students,” says Rensselaer Provost Bud Peterson. “We are very proud to have her represent Rensselaer as one of the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country.”

Bronet, a 17-year resident of Troy, joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1985. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University.

“It is a great honor to represent an education model that melds a cultural, technical, and professional foundation, crossing disciplinary and campus boundaries and working together with local and regional communities,” says Bronet. “I hope this award will showcase architectural education’s potential for social and civic action through creative, collaborative, and hands-on learning.”

CASE, the largest international association of educational institutions, established the Professors of the Year Program in 1981 and works in cooperation with the Carnegie Foundation, the only advanced study center for teachers in the world.

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