April 21, 2020
Joyce Michaud, a recently retired professor who founded and directed Hood College’s internationally renowned ceramics graduate program, recently received an award for teaching excellence and was honored with the establishment of a scholarship.
Michaud accepted the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA), whose mission is creation, teaching and learning through clay in the contemporary world. NCECA’s Excellence in Teaching Award is bestowed upon recipients who are at or near the end of a career dedicated to the practice of teaching; have demonstrated excellence in their own creative work; have had previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching; and have highly visible former students in the field.
She was nominated for this award by her student, Roberta Couver, and her nomination was immediately and unanimously approved by NCECA. Couver nominated her because “her unique approach to throwing pieces on the potter’s wheel is based on hard science, particularly physics; as a STEM student, this approach helped me understand the nuances of wheel-thrown pottery. The program itself includes intensive courses that allow folks like me, who are employed full-time, to pursue advanced studies in ceramic arts. I also have a warm, personal regard for her as a teacher and as a person.”