Fairfield University honors local professor


Dr. Robert Epstein, associate professor of English, receives his award from Dr. Robbin Crabtree, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Fairfield University.

Fairfield University’s College of Arts & Sciences has presented its 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award to Dr. Robert Epstein, associate professor of English and a Fairfield resident.

For 15 years, Epstein has enriched the English curriculum with courses on everything from medieval literature to fairytales. He holds an master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

“Students respect Professor Epstein for the right reasons,” said Dr. Robbin Crabtree, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “He has an infectious enthusiasm for his material, he is demanding and pushes students to think critically and deeply, and he gives students every opportunity to succeed.”

Epstein is known for promoting academic excellence through detailed attention to students and their work, enforcing the highest intellectual standards.

“Professor Epstein brings these same habits to extensive service and leadership at Fairfield, much of which supports the core curriculum, promotes interdisciplinary inquiry and defends the inherent value of the liberal arts,” Crabtree said.

Epstein said he was extremely grateful for the award.

“Over the years, I have seen many of my colleagues teach, and I know how talented and dedicated they all are,” he said. “There isn’t a professor in the College of Arts & Sciences who doesn’t deserve recognition for teaching excellence. So I take this award as a symbol of the college’s commitment to quality teaching and the faculty’s dedication students.”

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