The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education made the selection from nearly 300 top professors in the United States.
Dr. Vanderslice, who is a native of the New York City area, has been at UCA since 1997 teaching composition, creative writing, and writing for children. She has been instrumental in the development of the National Writing Project of Central Arkansas and has been published in many book collections and journals both nationally and internationally. Dr. Vanderslice has a BA from Connecticut College, an MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
From UCA President Tom Courtway: "The entire community congratulates Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice on being named the 2012 Arkansas Professor of the Year. This honor is a tribute to her excellent teaching, research and dedication to her students and profession. It is another example of outstanding faculty achievement at this institution, and one of the many good things happening at the University of Central Arkansas."
From Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice: "It's a really big honor. Arkansas didn't have a winner last year and it's the first time UCA has had one in about 14 years," she said. "I was excited for myself and I was also excited for UCA. The faculty work really hard and I am just a representative of that. I was glad that I was going to get to represent UCA and the faculty and students here and how hard everyone works and what a great place it is."
CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. This year, a state Professor of the Year was recognized in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected four national winners. CASE and Carnegie select state winners from top entries resulting from the judging process. Dr. Vanderslice was selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fund-raising, marketing and other areas.