University of Southern California

Parents Recognize Professors' Dedication
Fifth Annual Teaching and Mentoring Awards Go to Bartner, Anderson and Fields.
November 8, 2007 • by News at Marshall

By Eva Emerson 

November 8, 2007 -- Parents of college students may not sit in lecture halls or discussion groups with their offspring, but they do hear about the teachers that make a difference in their children's lives.

That led the USC Parents Association, in partnership with the USC Provost's office, to create the Teaching and Mentoring Awards five years ago. The awards are given to three exemplary USC instructors each year during President Steven B. Sample's address at Trojan Parents Weekend. Winners each receive honorariums of $1,000 and their name inscribed on a plaque in the University Club.

The awards provide parents an opportunity to publicly thank faculty members for mentoring and guiding their sons and daughters, said Tom Searles at the 2007 ceremony in October. Searles and his wife, Beth, serve as co-presidents of the USC Parents Association.

This year's faculty honorees were Arthur Bartner of the Trojan Marching Band and the USC Thornton School of Music, Emily H. Anderson of USC College and Kerry Fields of the USC Marshall School of Business.

Professor Bartner was selected in the experienced faculty category. Bartner, who holds an Ed.D. in music education from the University of Michigan, joined the USC faculty in 1970 when he was recruited as the director of the marching band. He has won many prestigious awards. Under his leadership the Trojan Marching Band has earned much acclaim and has performed at two Academy Awards ceremonies and during the finale of the 2004 Grammy Awards.

Bartner's nominators wrote about their son's experience as a member of the band: "Dr. Bartner has had a great impact on him … and has taught him discipline, time management, memorization, leadership, responsibility, commitment and the importance of (being part) of a team. Dr. Bartner gives his passion, talent and commitment to these band students and to the university."

Anderson, an assistant professor of English, received the junior faculty award – the second teaching award Anderson has won since joining the College faculty three years ago. She earned her doctorate from Yale University in 2004 and focuses her research and writing on 18th-century literature. Anderson also initiated a "Brown-Bag Lunch" group in the English department that organizes lunches at which faculty and students may present their works-in-progress to peers.

Anderson credits her own teachers as well as her father (also a teacher), for her passion for teaching and her love of learning – which feed on each other. She said that she learns from her students each time she steps into the classroom.

USC parents Nancy and Jeffrey Shephard nominated Anderson, writing: "Professor Anderson made class interesting and brought out great discussions about classical literature. The class was challenging and thought-provoking but at the same time enjoyable."

Fields won in the adjunct or part-time faculty category. A professor of clinical finance and business economics at USC Marshall, Fields earned a bachelor's degree from USC and a law degree from Santa Clara University. He practiced business and real estate law for several decades before turning to teaching. At USC Marshall, Fields teaches popular elective classes in business law, real estate law and employment law. He is known for emphasizing the ethical aspects of business and legal decision-making in his courses.

In their nomination letter, parents Jane and Alan Erlbaum wrote: "Professor Fields cares about his students and went above and beyond in assisting students in matters they were dealing with. His lectures grab the attention of the students. He gets you interested in law and how it applies to your future in the business world."

Honorable mentions went to psychologist Franklin Manis of USC College, Renaissance drama scholar Angus Fletcher of the USC School of Theatre and Robert Turrill, an expert on management and organizational behavior at USC Marshall.

The provost's office assisted the parent committee in the selection process, with Gene Bickers, associate vice provost for undergraduate programs and a much-lauded teacher himself, taking part in the awards presentation.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
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