The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) will present its 8th annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College, in Baltimore, MD, at the AAC&U Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Ernest L. Boyer Award pays tribute to Boyer’s legacy by honoring others who are making significant contributions to American higher education. Following the award presentation, President Bowen will deliver the 2018 Boyer Lecture, titled “Technology, The Liberal Arts and the New Learning Economy.”

President Bowen has won teaching awards at Stanford, Georgetown, Miami and Southern Methodist University where he was Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. He has written over 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (2003), is an editor of the 6-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011), and has appeared as a musician with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin, and others. He is the author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) which was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. His latest book is Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes with G. Edward Watson (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2017). He is also a Founding Board Member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in England. Stanford honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010. You can learn more about him by reading his blog at or following him on Twitter @josebowen.

“As an advocate for the value of liberal arts and a proponent of innovative teaching strategies, José Antonio Bowen has directly helped institutions nationwide to improve the ways in which they help students become informed, productive citizens as well as ready for careers in the 21st century,” said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U. “These contributions strongly reflect Boyer’s view of higher education’s role in our society.”

The Ernest L. Boyer Award honors the impact that Ernest Boyer had on NAC&U and higher education. Ernest L. Boyer’s influence on how we understand undergraduate education—as teachers, scholars, and learners —gave rise to NAC&U when like-minded private, comprehensive colleges, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, came together to define their distinctive mission and contribution to higher education in the early 1990s. Boyer spoke of the New American College as “integrative institutions”—ones that intentionally draw connections across the disciplines, between general education and the major, between faculty and students, between the classroom and campus life, between traditional education and the life-long learning, and between the campus and the larger world. Previous recipients of the Ernest L. Boyer Award include Beverly Daniel Tatum, Cathy Davidson, Ira Harkavy, Edward Ayers, Carol Geary Schneider, Betsy Barefoot and John Gardner, and Helen and Sandy Astin.


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Herbert Lindenberger

September 14, 2017 at 12:21 am

My congratulations to Jose Bowen for deservedly getting this award. I feel proud that, nearly 30 years ago, I had the honor of co-teaching a course with him at Stanford. His talents were already evident during his graduate-student years.

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