Today I was awarded the most meaningful honor I have ever received: the John S. King Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. When I was told that I had been selected, I was moved to tears. I've wanted to be a teacher since I was very, very young. It's already such an honor to be a tenured faculty member at Connecticut College; I never believed I would be recognized as an outstanding faculty member among such incredible people.
Here's the text from the College's press release below, and you can read about the other awesome awards (including my dear friend, Ginny Anderson) here.
Ross Morin ’05, a professor at the College since 2011, is the winner of the John S. King Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established to recognize teacher-scholars with high standards of teaching excellence and concern for students. It is named for the beloved professor of German whose warmth and humanity touched all who knew him.
Morin, an independent filmmaker, editor and cinematographer, believes in teaching film production as a combination of art, storytelling and social justice activism. His courses emphasize a strong relationship between practice and theory.
As acting chair of the department, he has shaped a curriculum that teaches fundamental and advanced technique, craft, art and skills like a traditional film school while integrating the intellectual and theoretical field of film studies. Morin immerses his students in the study of film, while at the same time teaching them to write and direct their own work.
In nominating Morin for the King Award, Associate Professor of Philosophy Simon Feldman praised his ability to teach students, many of whom have no previous experience studying or creating film, to produce work that is “remarkable in its scope and quality.”
“From watching Ross’s students’ thoughtful and active class participation, seeing their work on screen, and watching them do their work, I can say that they leave his courses with preconceptions shattered, having been drawn, by Ross, into newly imagined social, political and critical possibilities for their own work and for what film can be.”
As a scholar, Morin is interested in the representation of sexuality and gender in film and television, in particular the student film. He is the co-founder of Kiltered Productions, and his award-winning film work has screened nationally and internationally. His most recent short film, A Peculiar Thud is touring film festivals around the world.