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Jim Lochtefeld wins 2019-20 Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Professor James Lochtefeld
    Carthage College
May 27, 2020

Carthage presents the 2019-20 Distinguished Teaching Award to Jim Lochtefeld, professor of religion and Asian studies.

Provost David Timmerman and theatre professor Kim Instenes, the previous year’s recipient, made the announcement May 27 via email. The award is typically given out at a special campus event, but the pandemic and related safety precautions prevented an in-person gathering this year.

The Board of Trustees created the award in 1967. Each year, a confidential committee reviews students’ nominations and selects the recipient.

Prof. Lochtefeld, chair of the Religion Department, joined the faculty in 1992. In both teaching and research, he explores the intersection of religious history, tradition and practice.

Specializing in the Hindu tradition, Prof. Lochtefeld also teaches introductory religion and deeper dives into Islam, Buddhism, and East Asian religions. For more than 20 years, he has led extremely popular J-Term study tours to India, introducing students to the country’s modern culture and major religious communities.

Pulling common themes from the nominations, Prof. Instenes praised his abilities to foster “an atmosphere of a Carthage family,” to “facilitate discussion in any surroundings,” and to instill “confidence, optimism, and the need to become a better person.”

Besides completing several prestigious research fellowships, Prof. Lochtefeld has served as board chair for ASIANetwork, a consortium promoting Asian studies at more than 200 institutions. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Congratulations to Prof. Lochtefeld!

See a list of past Distinguished Teaching Award recipients

Upcoming Award Announcements

Carthage will announce the recipients of its major annual awards each month over the summer break. Here’s the remaining schedule:

  • June 10: Quality of Life Person of the Year Award (2019*)
  • July 1: Quality of Life Person of the Year Award (2020)
  • Aug. 5: Distinguished Staff Award

*Timing of the award shifted from fall to spring this year