PLYMOUTH — Three professors with a passion for teaching and dedication to their students have been honored by Plymouth State University. Samuel Brickley II, Burrett McBee and Michael Morgan are the recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Awards. Nominations for these honors are accepted from PSU faculty, staff, students and alumni.
"I could not be more pleased to honor these three most deserving individuals," said Julie Bernier, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Michael Morgan has 40 years of experience as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal and superintendent and has been teaching and mentoring aspiring principals and superintendents through PSU's educational leadership programs for two decades. Burrett McBee has been a committed teaching lecturer since 2006; he is highly successful in the classroom and well respected by students and colleagues. Samuel Brickley is recognized by his students for his respect of them as peers and his high standards but approachable nature."
Brickley, a professor of business law and criminal justice, is the Distinguished Teacher Award recipient. Brickley received the award for his dedication to teaching and meaningful, student-centered approach to education during his 11-year tenure at the University.
"I try to create an environment where students want to participate," Brickley said. "That's what education is all about, etting students to think. It's more about the process and how you work your way through a problem than it is about the answer."
Prior to his teaching career at PSU, Brickley was in private law practice in Wilmington, Del., and also served a deputy attorney general for the Delaware Department of Justice, where he litigated cases in the civil, criminal and fraud divisions. Brickley holds a bachelor's degree in economics and government from Cornell and a JD and an MBA from the University of San Diego.
Michael Morgan is the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. He is a professor in PSU's Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) and Doctor of Education programs and has been an educator for 45 years, in both teaching and administrative leadership roles. Morgan, a Berlin, native, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in educational administration from Plymouth State and a CAGS from UNH. He has worked at Plymouth State since 1996. He is currently superintendent of SAU 16 in Exeter.
"I was humbled by the recognition," Morgan said. "Teaching at PSU means so much to me. It's a great atmosphere because I can connect with students in a positive way; I am committed to taking care of the next generation of educators."
Burrett McBee, a teaching lecturer in English, was presented with the Distinguished Teaching Lecturer Award. Nominations for McBee said that in addition to being an effective teacher, he is kind, thoughtful and patient. He earned a bachelor's degree at Utica College of Syracuse University and a master's degree from the University of Illinois. He appreciates his role in furthering his students' knowledge.
"It's very exciting to teach students when they have left their home cocoon and are exploring what their adult lives will be," McBee said. "I hope students leave my class understanding themselves better because of what we studied and discussed, and that they can examine their lives to see where they're coming from and where they're going."
Samuel Brickley, Burrett McBee and Michael Morgan were honored May 4 at a reception in their honor. In addition, they will be recognized at PSU's 145th Commencement on May 14.