The Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Marcellus Waddill (pictured right with family). The award was established in 1994 by Dr. Waddill’s son, David, and is given annually to two Wake Forest alumni who are exemplary classroom teachers in public or private K-12 schools. Each winner, one on the primary level (K-5) and one on the secondary (6-12) level, receives a $20,000 cash award, one of the largest monetary awards of any teacher-recognition honor in the country.
Dr. Waddill retired from Wake Forest in 1997 after teaching mathematics at the University for thirty-five years. A winner of the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching, Dr. Waddill was cherished by both his students and colleagues during his tenure at Wake Forest. He was once quoted as saying, “Teaching was the most important thing I did at Wake Forest – the most important thing we all do. It is the most important thing to students as well. Research and service are important but teaching is most important. That’s what made my experience at Wake Forest a happy one. This is what we ought to try to do best.” He received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
To learn more about the Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award, please visit Waddill webpage.