Carey E. Andrzejewski, an associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, has been selected for the 2019 Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Andrzejewski is interested in qualitative, mixed methods, and participatory approaches to research. Her work explores a range of topics including preservice teachers’ beliefs about equity and social justice, school discipline, and community-based experiences with alternative school students.
“I believe that teaching and learning happen in relationship, which may be especially true in courses like mine where students must grapple with their privilege, presumptions, and biases about individuals who walk through the world differently than they do,” Andrzejewski said. “Having invested in relationships with and among my students, I find that they’re up for that challenge. Supporting students in their journeys toward becoming justice-oriented school-based practitioners is at the core of my identity and sense of purpose as an educator. It feels especially meaningful that I am afforded the opportunity to do this work at the land grant institution in my home state, and I am grateful to work in the College of Education at Auburn where I have wonderful students, collaborative colleagues, and supportive administrators.”
College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford has a particular appreciation for Andrzejewski’s passion for her students as well as her academic focus.
“We in the college are very proud of Carey for this well-deserved recognition,” Whitford said. “She is a great example for our students, and an exemplary colleague in her department. Carey is the first professor in our college to win this prestigious, university-wide award in nearly twenty years. The only other winner from our college was Pamela Boyd in 2007, which was the first year of the awards. And it is made all the sweeter since the award is endowed by and named for two of our college’s graduates.”
In addition to her teaching and research interests, Andrzejewski is involved in the college’s Critical Studies Working Group and the thriving O Grows outreach and service project, housed in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology.
The award is named for Gerald and Emily Leischuck, 1964 Auburn and College and Education graduates and retired Auburn administrators. It recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated effective and innovative teaching methods, along with a continued commitment to student success through advising and mentoring.