Stephen E. Thorsett
Willamette University president
“He is an innovator, who has successfully introduced a wide range of graphic, digital and interactive approaches into humanities-based learning.
“He is a trailblazer, who early on championed service-learning beyond the classroom and taught students to use their intellectual passions in service to the community.
“He is a collaborator, who has served on the steering committee of the Mellon Liberal Arts Research Collaborative and as the director of the College Colloquium, Willamette’s freshman seminar.
“It is clear to me that Sammy Basu exemplifies the kind of teaching we all aspire to at Willamette University.”
Willamette assistant professor of politics
“For Sammy, his work as a teacher and advisor are thoroughly connected. While other professors have “office hours” he has a line out the door every day. Despite his very large student advising caseload, Sammy is always available to meet with students.
“I could not be more grateful to have such a generous and inspiring senior colleague who is thoroughly dedicated to students’ learning and well being.”
Willamette politics professor and the 2008 Oregon Professor of the Year
“Although he is one of the most popular teachers on campus, he is not a charismatic showman. He teaches without gimmicks or any hint of pandering. In short, Sammy teaches by modeling imaginative, serious, sustained intellectual inquiry. Nobody does that better.”