The Student Council of the Columbia University School of General Studies awarded their 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award to Annette Insdorf, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Film Program at Columbia University School of the Arts.
This annual award is designed to recognize teaching excellence and to honor faculty who have had a lasting influence on the intellectual development of the non-traditional undergraduate students at the School of General Studies.
The General Studies students nominated Professor Insdorf, citing her "vibrant teaching, renowned scholarship, leadership on campus, and constant efforts on behalf of individual students."
Professor Insdorf has been director of undergraduate film studies at Columbia University School of the Arts since 1987, and she chaired the Film Program from 1990-95. She is the author of Francois Truffaut; Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust; and Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski. She also recorded the audio commentary for Kieslowski's Three Colors DVD package. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Newsweek, and many other publications and news organizations.
The award will be presented and a reception given for Professor Insdorf on Thursday, February 12 from 6-7 p.m. in the Graduate Studies lounge in Lewisohn Hall.