April 25, 2015
By Caroline Klapp / TCU 360
Pitcock was one of 10 professors to receive this award out of over 100 nominations by chapters of Kappa Alpha Theta across the United States and Canada.
The “Top Ten Faculty” program was created by Kappa Alpha Theta to recognize professors who encourage, challenge and mentor the young women in the sorority.
Last week, the university was notified that Pitcock received the award.
Pitcock is an associate professor in the John V. Roach Honors College, a Wilson Honors Fellow and a director of prestigious scholarships. He has been teaching at TCU since 2001.
Pitcock said that the recognition gives him joy since it came from his students.
“The award really was especially meaningful because it is the result of a student nomination,” Pitcock said. “I’ve taught a number of TCU Thetas [and] that those impressive and dedicated students thought enough of those classes to nominate my teaching means more than the award itself.”
Theta junior political science major Maddie Reddick said Pitcock is one of the most incredible professors she has ever had.
“He does an amazing job in the classroom,” Reddick said. “I’ve never looked forward to a class as much as his. His classes fill up in 10 seconds.”
Beyond her time in the classroom, Reddick is Wilson Fellow Assistant to Pitcock and therefore gets to work with him regularly.
“He is an incredible mentor,” Reddick said. “He has helped me tremendously.”
Pitcock said that the students at TCU make his job rewarding.
“Working at TCU is a true blessing, and the students represent the primary reason,” Pitcock said. “They make the classroom an exciting place for inquiry through their risk-taking and excitement.”
Reddick said his passion for teaching is evident, making him deserving of this award.
“He cares about students in a way I have never seen,” Reddick said. “He definitely goes above and beyond.”
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