The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) will present its 8th annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to Dr. José Antonio Bowen, President of Goucher College, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The Ernest L. Boyer Award honors the impact that Ernest Boyer had on NAC&U and higher education and celebrates others who are making significant contributions of their own.
“As an advocate for the value of liberal arts and a proponent of innovative teaching strategies, José Antonio Bowen has directly helped institutions nationwide to improve the ways in which they help students become informed, productive citizens as well as ready for careers in the 21st century,” said Nancy Hensel, President of NAC&U. “These contributions strongly reflect Boyer’s view of higher education’s role in our society.”
Following the award presentation, President Bowen will deliver the 2018 Boyer Lecture, titled “Technology, The Liberal Arts and the New Learning Economy.”
President Bowen has won teaching awards at Stanford, Georgetown, Miami, and Southern Methodist University, where he was Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. He has written over 100 scholarly articles; edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting; is an editor of the 6-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology; and has appeared as a musician with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin, and others. He is the author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning, which was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. He is also a Founding Board Member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in England. Stanford honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010.
Boyer’s influence on undergraduate education gave rise to NAC&U when like-minded private, comprehensive colleges, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, came together in the early 1990s. Boyer spoke of the New American College as “integrative institutions” meaning that they intentionally draw connections between the campus and the larger world.