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Reed classics professor awarded 2004 Oregon "Professor of the Year"

PORTLAND, OR (November 19, 2004) - Nigel Nicholson, associate professor of classics and humanities at Reed College in Portland, has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as their 2004 Oregon Professor of the Year.

"It's an honor to be nominated for such an award at a college like Reed," Nicholson commented, "where teaching is genuinely valued. If I am a good teacher, it is because I have many wonderful colleagues to model my teaching on and wonderful students to make the classes exciting."

Since 1981, the U.S. Professors of the Year program has recognized the outstanding professors for their dedication to teaching and commitment to students. Each year, the program recognized one professor from each state for their outstanding academic service.

Peter J. Steinberger, dean of faculty at Reed, believes Nicholson to be especially deserving of the award. "Nigel Nicholson is a masterful teacher and scholar," he notes, "a superb conference leader, an outstanding thesis advisor, and an original and highly accomplished student of the ancient world. It is deeply gratifying that his special talent--so well known within the Reed community--has now been recognized by CASE."

Nicholson, 36, has been a professor at Reed since 1995. Prior to joining Reed's faculty, he lectured and served as an assistant professor at Wellesley College. He received his B.A and M.A., both with honors, from Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his work on campus, he has been actively involved in several educational outreach programs within the community, including the Reed Latin Forum for Oregon and Washington high school students, the Middle School Outreach Program, and the continuing education program for adults, Humanities in Partnership.

Nicholson is currently working on a book, "Aristocracy and Athletics in Archaic and Classical Greece" (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2005), that explores the commemoration of athletic victories in the late archaic period, and their representation of charioteers, mule-cart drivers, trainers, and jockeys.

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