During the faculty meeting Nov. 12, R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, named Associate Professor and Chair of Economics Diane Anstine a Ruge Fellow in recognition of her excellence in teaching.
After first recognizing North Central’s six Ruge Fellows—David Fisher, Karl Kelley, Lisa Long, Richard Paine, John Zenchak and Andrew Whitaker, who relinquished his fellowship in 2008 when appointed the Grantman Professor in Business and Economics—Pandian said one of the privileges he enjoys as dean is announcing the next fellow.
Anstine joined North Central’s faculty in 1997, the same year she earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky. In 2000, she was awarded the Dissinger Award for Junior Faculty after colleagues and students commended her for her teaching ability. In 2003, she was granted tenure.
The Ruge Fellows program
is designed to recognize, celebrate and reward faculty for their contributions to the teaching and learning environment at North Central College. The Ruge Fellow title is named for and funded by the late Dr. Daniel Ruge ’39—a neurosurgeon and White House physician to former President Ronald Reagan, a 1939 alumnus and one-time chair of the Board of Trustees. The title is awarded for a period of five years. As each five-year term is completed, the title of Ruge Fellow is released and a new fellow appointed.
The selection process is extensive and rigorous. The selection committee included two faculty chair holders, Pandian and a distinguished professor from another member of the Associated New American Colleges. Faculty applicants for the Ruge Fellows program were required, among other things, to submit personal statements detailing their teaching philosophy and methods, their goals as teachers, ways they implemented their philosophies and goals, references, and to participate in a personal interview.