The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Columbia College Television Department Professor Beau Beaudoin, Ph.D., the 2008 Illinois Professor of the Year. Beau was selected from nearly 300 top professors in the United States.
Beau joined the Television Department in 1986 as an adjunct professor becoming tenured in 1996. She spent eight years teaching at the School of the Art Institute Chicago where she created a required graduate course, Challenges of Equity: Cultural Diversity, Race & Class, for arts educators.
When her journey began at Columbia she lectured in several first semester courses where it became apparent to her that there was a course needed to foster ethical responsibility for students within their educational and professional careers. This work would be reflected racially and culturally in future media: script writing, television casting, production teams and more. From that quintessential need Culture, Race & Media was created, a course that started with one section expanding over time to 18 fully-enrolled sections.
Congratulations Beau! The Television Department is extremely proud of you and honored to call you, 'Professor of the Year.'