Introduction to LAURELS

Beginning with its first publication in 1988, Laurels has celebrated an enduring commitment to excellence in teaching, creative expression and intellectual inquiry – a commitment that has become both a tradition and a hallmark of the Maryville College faculty. This edition continues the celebration with models of scholarship as diverse as vivid brush strokes on canvas and insightful interpretations of economic theory, each one enriching the teaching process and affirming the value of a liberal education.

One new feature of this year’s publication highlights the international dimension of faculty scholarship and student engagement. Additional pages illustrate the extensive involvement of our faculty in professional meetings and organizations. Collectively, these listings and the reports of faculty scholarship illustrate the College’s deep commitment to professional activity that ensures an intellectually stimulating climate in which teaching is most effective.

As you scan entries for the 2001-2002 academic year, I invite you to take special note of projects in which students and faculty work together as collaborators and co-learners. In the very best liberal arts colleges, scholarly vitality, enlightened teaching and student learning blend to enhance the educational experience for students and faculty members alike. Laurels provides strong evidence of Maryville College’s achievements in all these endeavors.

Robert J. Naylor
Vice President and Dean of the College