In 1969, Alester G. Furman Jr. and Janie Earle Furman endowed an annual award for meritorious teaching at Furman University. Over time, the endowment grew to a point whereby Alester G. Furman III approved a second award in 1993 to recognize excellence in advising.
The recipients are selected by an unannounced committee of students, faculty and staff, depending on the award. The selection is announced at commencement and comes with a cash award and certificate.
Questions concerning the Meritorious Teaching Award should be directed to the dean of the faculty.
Each year, the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) recognizes and celebrates outstanding professors through the Excellence in Teaching Award program. A member of the faculty from each of the twenty members institutions is selected, using criteria determined by each institution. The award recipients are honored at a special dinner and awarded a professional development grant. Below is a list of Furman award recipients since the program’s inauguration in 2006.