I am pleased to annouce that the recipient of the Fourth Annual Leslie Eliason
Excellence in Teaching Award is Professor Laura Burian. Professor Burian has
a record of excellence in teaching and an ongoing, inspiring commitment to
providing our students the highest quality education possible. She has a
wonderful rapport with her colleagues and students, an exceptional teaching
record that reflects her ability to provide an excellent learning experience
to our students, and an intensive commitment to the Institute’s mission.
As a professor dedicated to her students and to delivering quality education,
Professor Burian embodies much of what Professor Eliason also dedicated her
teaching efforts towards. Leslie Eliason was a strong woman, dynamic and
passionate about her chosen profession of teaching.
She pursued her responsibilities as a teacher and mentor with great warmth and
care for her students and colleagues, reflecting her intelligence, integrity,
good humore, and commitment to quality in all of her endeavors.
Professor Burian has a similar thoroughness in her role as teacher, colleague,
mentor and advisor. As was true for Professor Eliason, Professor Burian is
interested in building the capacities of her students, in helping them and the
Institute reach their greatest potential, and in working collaboratively with
her colleagues to achieve their goals. There is no question that Professor
Burian reflects the qualities Professor Eliason valued the most — hard work,
intense and at times passionate commitment to students and sound academic
programming, and good colleagial interactions and collaborations. Her
commitment to excellence both inside and outside of the classroom is greatly
appreciated and valued.
Congratulations to Professor Burian — we will celebrate her selection on
April 21st during the “quiet hours” at lunchtime in the Samson Center Reading
Room. More details will follow about this celebration.
Thanks to all of you who nominated faculty for this award and helped in the
Dr. Amy Sands
Provost and Academic Vice President
Monterey Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA 93940
telephone: 831 647-4116