Teaching Award: 

2011 Overview


Center’s Excellence in Teaching Award honors a high school, college or postgraduate teacher’s dedication. Educators in all areas of photographic teaching are eligible, including fine art, documentary, history and criticism.


 - Educators need to have a genuine passion for teaching

 - An ability to excite students to learn

 - A respect for students as individuals
 - An enduring artistic curiosity

2011 Winners

First Place  
Kerry Skarbakka

Prescott College, Prescott, AZ


honorable mention  
Alexis Martino Ross School, East Hampton, NY
Harvey Stein International Center of Photography, New York, NY


Erika Gentry City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA  
Jessamyn Lovell

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Heather Protz College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Andre Ruesch Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM
Aline Smithson Julia Dean Photoworkshops, Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Spelman Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM
Bruce Strong Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY




$3,000 Award

Complimentary participation in Portfolio Bootcamp



Complimentary participation in Portfolio Bootcamp


“We established the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 to recognize great teaching and its exceptional contribution to photographers’ artistic and personal development. The awards recognize teachers who demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, an ability to excite students to learn, a respect for students as individuals and an enduring artistic curiosity.” -- Excellence in Teaching Award founders


A student or colleague may nominate an educator by submitting an email limited to three paragraphs describing why the teacher should receive this award. The email must include an email address and/or phone number for the nominated teacher. Please indicate if you prefer your nomination to remain anonymous.


An educator need not be nominated to apply. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your nomination.



 - A 1-3 page statement addressing teaching effectiveness describing history and successes as a teacher

 - A résumé reflecting education and teaching history

 - Sample syllabus

 - Three recommendation letters from current or former students. If nominated, your nomination letter may count as 1 of the 3 letters to fulfill this requirement.

 - $20 submission fee/ free for CENTER members


Please save all documents in a .pdf format and email your submission to  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Kerry Skarbakka

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