The Jeffrey B. Ferguson Memorial Teaching Prize

Description of the Prize
The Jeffrey B. Ferguson Memorial Teaching Prize honors the memory of an accomplished scholar and beloved Amherst College professor.  The inaugural Karen and Brian Conway ’80, P’18 Presidential Teaching Professor at the college, Jeff Ferguson taught in the Department of Black Studies for more than two decades.  The departmental curriculum that he designed, and his skills and dedication as a teacher, provided the opportunity for countless students to develop foundational intellectual skills that transformed their lives and contributed to their success—during their time at Amherst and beyond.  Professor Ferguson enabled students to become close readers and persuasive writers who grounded their scholarly work in sound argumentation and thorough research. The Ferguson Prize is awarded annually to two Amherst faculty members who see teaching as an art and vocation, engage in pedagogical innovation in their courses, have a significant impact in their department or program and on the broader curriculum, help students develop foundational skills in the finest liberal arts tradition, inspire students and colleagues alike to cultivate the life of the mind, and have a lasting impact on students’ intellectual and personal development.   Current tenured faculty members and current senior lecturers who have been at the college for at least ten years are eligible for the prize, which carries a $5,000 honorarium.   The recipients of the prize are announced at the commencement faculty meeting.  They are expected to give public talks focusing on teaching at or around homecoming. The dean of the faculty solicits nominees for the prize from current students, from the faculty, and from Amherst alumni who have graduated within ten years prior to the year in which the award will be bestowed.  Self-nominations are not accepted.  The Committee of Six selects the prize recipients.  Individuals may only receive the prize once.

List of Prize Winners and Posts of Their Lectures