Dr. Robert Lowe, professor of education policy and leadership at Marquette University, was recently honored with the university’s highest teaching award, the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Lowe has demonstrated a commitment to teaching excellence with a special emphasis on social justice during his 22 years at Marquette. He studies race, class and schooling from a historical perspective, and is regarded as one of the country’s foremost historians of American education.
Lowe’s nominations from colleagues and students lauded him as a generous and giving instructor who challenges, guides and affirms, while also serving as a mentor and model of social justice. Many noted that Lowe believes good teaching begins with respect for students’ individual experiences and intellects.
“I hope my teaching has helped to equip students with the habits of mind and sensibilities of heart that will aid them in contributing to their own version of a more just society,” Lowe said. “One thing I really appreciate about Marquette is that it attracts students who are responsive to new ideas, willing to accept challenges, and, most impressively, so often grateful for critical feedback on their work.”
Lowe earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California–Berkeley, master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.
Teaching Excellence Awards are the highest honor bestowed upon Marquette University faculty members. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and students for demonstrating excellence as teacher-scholars.