Associate Professor of Global Studies Jayantha Jayman leads class discussions.

Honoring Excellence in Teaching


Academic excellence is rooted in student relationships with faculty, coaches, and staff that inspire passion and tenacity. These professors and mentors help students dream big, deepen their understanding of the world around them, and create a space for transformational experiences. It is with this understanding that alumni and parents are supporting Excellence in Teaching in two ways.

Endowed Professorships

Endowed professorships are an investment in maintaining St. Lawrence’s competitive edge. A strong endowment enables St. Lawrence to offer competitive salaries, maintain the faculty at an optimum size, bring in visiting artists and lecturers, and support teaching and research—all of which are essential to enriching the academic experience for students.

Alan Draper, a senior professor of government at St. Lawrence University with more than 36 years of teaching experience, was recently selected as the Michael W. Ranger ’80 and Virginia R. Ranger P’17 Professor in Government. He is the first to be chosen for this professorship and will serve a seven-year term.

The Rangers established the endowed position in May 2016 in appreciation for the profound inspiration Michael Ranger received from his teachers and mentors in the department and how those experiences shaped him. “I appreciate the honor that has been bestowed on me and hope to be equal to the faith the Rangers have shown in the department and University,” Draper said.

Class of 2017 Senior Parent Initiative

This year, the co-chairs of our Senior Parent Initiative committee helped to select the gift designation of Excellence in Teaching from a short list of top university priorities and provided a lead gift to help get this initiative off the ground. Laurentian parents believe in the promise of something greater, the connection between opportunity and outcome for their student and every student at St. Lawrence. 

This year’s goal of $325,000 is focused on celebrating Excellence in Teaching, as well as supporting the St. Lawrence Fund. Through this group initiative, parents of seniors will expand opportunities for St. Lawrence to attract and retain academic leaders and emerging faculty who will enhance the University’s national reputation, encourage further innovation and discovery, and help future students realize their full potential. Parents of seniors may now honor and celebrate the achievements of their student(s) and their Laurentian mentor by supporting Excellence in Teaching. 

Help us recognize and enhance excellence in teaching at St. Lawrence by contacting John Pezdek ’03, M’07 jpezdek@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5540 or visiting: stlawu.edu/parents/senior-parent-initiative.