The Beloit Rotary Club named Beloit College Associate Professor Daniel Youd Teacher of the Month at its Tuesday, Jan. 25 meeting.
Youd, who joined Beloit College in 2002, teaches Chinese in the modern languages and literatures department, which he also chairs.
“I’m deeply honored,” Youd said of the recognition. “Of course, to be a good teacher, one has to have great students, stimulating colleagues, and a supportive staff. I’ve been fortunate to find them here at Beloit College.”
The Beloit Rotary Club solicits nominations from area school leaders, then chooses a teacher of the month from a rotating category of Beloit-area schools, including colleges, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.
Last spring, Youd also received the Underkofler Prize for Excellence in Teaching, an award sponsored by the Alliant Energy Foundation and the Wisconsin Federation of Independent Colleges. The nominations for that award came from Youd’s students, who praised him for “making a difficult subject consistently fascinating and rewarding,” and “creating a positive atmosphere in class.”
Ann Davies, Beloit’s provost and dean of the college, nominated Youd for the award. She says that in addition to being an excellent teacher, Youd has proven to be an effective campus leader who has built support for Asian Studies, forged exchange programs with Henan and Shandong Universities in China, and helped to bring Chinese cultural events to campus, such as the Peking Opera. He also chaired the Academic Strategic Planning Committee at the college, she says. “In that role, he helped shepherd to successful passage the first major revision to the college’s liberal arts curriculum in more than 20 years last fall.”
Youd holds a B.A. degree in East Asian Civilization from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.