Belmont University’s Mike Pinter, professor of mathematics and director of the Teaching Center, has been named the 2012 Tennessee Professor of the Year.
The decision to select Pinter was determined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The award was announced Thursday.
Pinter was selected from nearly 300 professors in the United States.
“I'm very excited about receiving the award which will stand as one of the highlights of my teaching career,” Pinter said. “I'm honored to have been nominated by Belmont. I am also humbled by the knowledge that I'm surrounded by many gifted and dedicated teachers among our Belmont faculty whose efforts are not being publicly noted. Mostly, I'm grateful to have creative and hard-working students and colleagues who help me to continually develop by challenging me to keep my imagination alive for teaching and learning ideas.”
This year, a state Professor of the Year was recognized in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
CASE and The Carnegie Foundation convened four panels that selected four national winners.
The two organizations also selected state winners from top entries resulting from the judging process. Pinter was selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.