Philosophy professor Dr. Chris Kramer has been named Faculty of the Year for 2016 by Rock Valley College.
Kramer, who has been with the college’s philosophy department since 2007, is the 28th recipient of the award.
“If I can get students to want to play with serious thought, and to do so in a critical, yet open fashion, this will benefit them in my classes, in other classes, in their vocations, and ideally spark the drive to be a life-long learner,” said Kramer is a statement.
“The philosophy department [at RVC] is thriving,” said colleague Dr. Michelle Rotert, who credited Kramer’s impact on the school.
“Enrollment is strong and stable, we have increased the number of full-time positions from two to four which is very unusual for an institution our size, the philosophy club functions at a remarkably high level year after year, our annual lecture series brings to campus roughly 800 students and community members each spring—and I am sincere in my belief that hiring Chris roughly nine years ago played an absolutely pivotal role in these developments. We would not be where we are today without him.”
Fellow faculty members, campus colleagues, and family members, were on hand on Thursdsay March 24 as Kramer was presented his award from Dr. Martin Quirk, RVC Professor of History and co-chair of the Faculty of the Year Committee. The RVC Faculty of the Year award winner also receives a monetary stipend from the Rock Valley College Foundation.