Superior ‘teacher of teachers’ honored with Massey Award

Sept. 22, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Lisa Goldstein, an associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, recently was selected to be the first recipient of the Texas Exes’ Elizabeth Shatto Massey Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

Established with an endowment by University of Texas at Austin alumni John and Libba Massey, the award recognizes one faculty member who exemplifies the traits of an ideal “teacher of teachers” and is dedicated to preparing future elementary and secondary school instructors. In recognition of her service and commitment to teacher education, Goldstein will receive $10,000 and be the guest of honor at a dinner in November at which the Masseys and the award selection committee will be present.

Goldstein has been a faculty member in the College of Education for eight years. She has published two books, more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, six book chapters and several critical book reviews. A primary focus of Goldstein’s scholarship is the ethic of caring in teaching, and this subject is seen repeatedly, in various forms, in her writings under titles such as “Understanding teacherly caring” and “Caring for our students as they care for their students.”

Goldstein also has devoted numerous hours to professional service at the national, state and local level, has served as director of the Early Childhood Teacher Education Program and has been proactive in revising policies surrounding teacher education. For her dedication and outstanding record as an instructor, Goldstein recently was chosen for the College of Education’s Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

“In everything she does, Dr. Goldstein illustrates a zeal for teacher education, and she is going to be someone who is a driving force behind reform in the field,” says Dr. Manuel Justiz, dean of the College of Education. “Dr. Goldstein teaches and writes about compassion and commitment, and she teachers with compassion and commitment. A more perfect person could not have been chosen as the first winner of the Massey Award.”

Named for Elizabeth “Libba” Shatto Massey and established by her husband John in her honor, the award reflects Mrs. Massey’s lifelong dedication to public education. A member of the College of Education’s advisory council, Mrs. Massey has a degree in elementary education from the university’s College of Education, was a teacher and also serves as a school board trustee.

For more information contact: Kay Randall, College of Education, 512-232-3910.