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Amy B. Jordan to receive Penn Provost’s award for teaching excellence

Amy B. Jordan, adjunct professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Associate Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has been named a 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty.


Professor Jordan (Gr ’90), has taught at Penn since 1995. A mentor to generations of undergraduate and graduate students, she is currently president elect select of the International Communication Association, and will assume the presidency in 2015.  She is described by her colleagues as a master at “seamlessly blending her roles as teacher, mentor and exemplar” while providing students with opportunities “to engage in original research projects (and the training to complete such projects).”


“As her dean and as someone who for over 30 years has valued our role as educators, I believe Professor Jordan is an exemplary teacher who epitomizes what the Provost’s Award is intended to recognize and honor,” notes Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean.


Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D., Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, attests that Professor Jordan is “not simply a superb classroom teacher but also a person who builds on that role to serve as an effective mentor and research collaborator.”


According to the Penn Almanac, “Professor Jordan’s courses on Children and Media and, recently, the flagship Introduction to Communication Behavior, inspire students to become communication majors and pursue careers in children’s media.”


All recipients of the teaching awards will be honored at the Hall of Flags in Houston Hall on Monday, April 28, at 5 p.m.


Last year, Dr. Jordan received a teaching accolade from the National Communication Association. In November she was presented with the 2013 NCA Mass Comm. Division Teaching Award, honoring her “dedication and commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring,” at the NCA’s 99th annual convention in Washington, D.C.