GEORGETOWN, KY – His teaching style is “somewhat unorthodox, but effective,” a student wrote in nomination of the 2013 winner of the John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award, said Rosemary Allen, Provost and Academic Dean, in announcing Jonathan Dickinson as this year’s recipient. The presentation was made during Opening Convocation.
The Manning Award is given annually to recognize faculty who have shown a commitment to Georgetown College by their involvement in extracurricular activities and by demonstrating excellence in teaching.
Dickinson, associate professor, is in his ninth year of teaching physics at Georgetown College but he has a lifetime connection here. His father, Dr. Bartlett Dickinson, was a professor of physics at Georgetown College when Jonathan was born.
Between morning Montessori and afternoon kindergarten, Jonathan ate lunch with his father on campus and attended the weekly co-curricular events in the chapel. His childhood memories include shows in the planetarium, gazing at the Foucault pendulum, playing in the halls of the Asher Science Center, and performing in the Lab Theater as part of the Georgetown College Children’s Theater, according to his online departmental bio.
The younger Dickinson earned his Bachelors of Science in Math, Physics and Philosophy in 1997 at Georgetown College and went on to complete his Masters and Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at Virginia Commonwealth University.
As a professor, Jonathan’s primary focus is teaching and mentoring students. The majority of his teaching load is introductory level courses including both semesters of College Physics and an integrated physical science course for pre-service teachers.
Provost Allen said nominees for the Manning Award must have demonstrated leadership and mentoring, collegiality, Georgetown attitude and spirit, and be of high moral character. She added that the award is especially significant “because students make the nominations and have the majority voice in choosing the winner.”