Maclean award recognizes contributions to student lifeTwo distinguished University faculty members, D. Gale Johnson and Zena Sutherland, will receive the Norman Maclean Faculty Awards at the All-Alumni Assembly at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
The Maclean Awards, given for the first time last year, were named in honor of Professor Norman Maclean (Ph.D.'40), who taught English at Chicago for 40 years. The award recognizes emeritus or very senior faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and to the student experience of life on campus.
Johnson, the Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Economics and Co-Director of the Undergraduate Program in Economics, is a recognized global expert in agricultural economics.
Former Dean of the Social Sciences Division and Provost of the University and twice Chairman of the Department of Economics, Johnson has had an enormous impact on the lives of countless Chicago students. His ability to combine academic excellence and real-world experience has inspired many students to pursue the study of economics.
Johnson's personal efforts to bring international students to the University has had a lasting effect on both the individuals and their countries. After leading a team of economists presenting China's first course in modern economics, he became known as one of the leaders of modern economic research in that country.
Since his retirement, Johnson has been Director and Co-Director of the College's program in economics and has created an undergraduate honors workshop in economics.
Sutherland (A.B.'37, A.M.'68), Professor Emerita of the Graduate Library School, is an internationally recognized expert on children's literature.
Throughout her career she has encouraged students to take risks and to pursue each subject to its deepest level. As a former student said, "Zena inspired, prodded and pushed three generations of students to excellence in both librarianship and life."
Her involvement with master's and Ph.D. candidates extended outside the classroom, and their graduation from the University did not end their contact with her -- she is known for her willingness to offer advice and guidance to both to past and current students.
Sutherland's influence on children's literature is recognized worldwide (author Maurice Sendak calls her "a giant" in the field). Through her many publications, Sutherland has also had a far-reaching impact on educators' work, and as editor, she built The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books into the most important review journal in the field of children's literature.