VU wins two best of Knox County awards - External Relations
VU wins two best of Knox County awards
September 25, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University’s reputation as best of the
best is once again on display. Instructor John McClure is "Best
Teacher" while VU is recognized as the "Best
College/University" in Knox County’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
VU prides itself on offering access to high-quality, affordable
education for all. Creating an atmosphere for student success is one
of the highest priorities. Faculty, staff, and students dedicate
themselves to ensure VU is the best university it can be.
John McClure and Dr. Laura Treanor
VU is made strong by exceptional faculty like McClure. He is the
"Best Teacher" of all teachers in Knox County.
"For John to have been selected as the Best Teacher from among
all teachers in Knox County is indeed an honor! High impact teachers
create a true impression on their students. They think carefully about
their instruction, and they share an infectious love for learning. It
is clear that John has gone above everyday teaching and has left an
impression on VU students that will carry over a lifetime," VU
Provost and Vice President of Instructional Services/Dean of Faculty
Dr. Laura Treanor said.
A teacher is someone who motivates, inspires, and makes a meaningful
difference in the world. McClure, who decided to become a teacher as a
high school junior, is all that and more.
He has been teaching for 39 years. He started at VU in 2002 and has
taught American history as well as state and local government on the
Vincennes campus and in the Distance Education program. He also
teaches history classes at North Knox High School for college credit
through VU’s Project EXCEL dual-credit program.
A desire to build relationships with students drives McClure to be
the best teacher he can be.
“I want to show love and respect to all my students," McClure
said. "I’m not sure who said this, but "rules without
relationship result in rebellion."
"I know that living and teaching in this county for 39 years, my
students are going to be people I interact with long after they
graduate. It is very important to try to earn and win the respect of
students by showing them respect. Students then are more likely to pay
attention to what I say, and they know I am interested in them and
what they have to say. Years after they graduate or had my class, they
may forget a lot of the content that I taught, but they will remember
how I treated them, and that is absolutely the most important thing.”
The 2020 Knox County’s Readers’ Choice Awards are sponsored by the