Political Science Professor Honored as Tops in Utah

OGDEN, Utah – The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Frank Guliuzza at Weber State University the 2003 Utah Professor of the Year.

Guliuzza, 46, is chair of the Department of Political Science & Philosophy at WSU. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the pre-law adviser and coaches WSU's nationally ranked intercollegiate mock trial team. He founded the mock trial team in 1996 and, under his direction, WSU has earned six top-ten finishes at national tournaments in intercollegiate mock trial and moot court.

Guliuzza has twice been recognized for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science by the American Political Science Association and was awarded the Endowed Professor in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. He is the 2003 recipient of WSU's John S. Hinckley award for excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. Guliuzza received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wyoming. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary and was awarded his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.  He has taught at WSU since 1990.

CASE established the Professors of the Year program in 1981 and the Carnegie Foundation became the co-sponsor a year later. Interim Provost Kathleen Lukken said this is the first time a WSU professor has received the honor.

This year there are winners in 43 states, selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected four national winners and state winners.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie β€œto do all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching.” The Foundation is the only advanced-study center for teachers in the world and the third-oldest foundation in the nation.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the largest international association of educational institutions, with more than 3,200 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in nearly 50 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Representing these institutions are more than 38,000 professionals in the disciplines of alumni relations, communications and fund raising. Additional affiliates include educationally related non-profit organizations and commercial firms.

Frank Guliuzza, professor and chair of political science
801-626-6698 · fguliuzza@weber.edu

Kathleen Lukken, interim provost
801-626-6006 · klukken@weber.edu

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu