Teaching Excellence Award to Jane Babin

April 12th, 2001 by Adam

Betsy Cheney
April 9, 2001


PLYMOUTH – Plymouth State College Associate Professor of Business Jane E. Babin of Laconia has received the Northeast Regional Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). She was recognized at the regional ACBSP annual conference in Manchester on April 6. ACBSP is the national accrediting organization for business education.

In a letter supporting Babin’s nomination PSC President Donald P. Wharton wrote, “Professor Babin is both an outstanding teacher and an exceptional role model for our business and pre-law students. She brings extensive and diverse experience to the classroom, and it is evident in her rapport with students and colleagues. We are indeed fortunate to have Professor Babin as one of our own.”

Babin has taught at Plymouth State College since 1988, in management courses such as Business Law, Personnel Management, Business Ethics and Labor-Management Relations. In the MBA program she teaches Legal Environment of Business. Her scholarly research interests are in employment discrimination and the effects of gender bias and stereotyping on business curriculum. A frequent presenter on the topics of the legal aspects of starting a new business, sexual harassment, living trusts and planned giving, Babin is also a member of numerous professional organizations and honorary societies. She was one of the first two PSC faculty members inducted into the Plymouth Chapter of the business honor society, Delta Mu Delta, and now serves as the chapter’s faculty adviser.

Business Department Chair Duncan McDougall described Babin’s “superb ability to communicate with our students and to inspire them to learn,” and “teaching excellence demonstrative of professionalism of the highest order.” He wrote, “Jane is a leader in the development of the case method in our curriculum, and in keeping all her courses current within the changing regulatory environment.”
Babin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Plymouth State, and a J.D. degree with emphasis in Employment and Commercial Law from Franklin Pierce Law Center. She is a member of the Bars of New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and of the U.S. Supreme Court, and serves as the pre-law advisor to students in all PSC departments.

Of teaching Babin says, “I’ve learned as much as I’ve taught in my twelve years at Plymouth State College. I’ve learned that great teachers must be passionate about the subjects they teach. As a professor of business and employment law, I hope my passion for the law and our system of justice has created a high level of enthusiasm for the same in my students. I know that good communicators evolve from skilled listeners, so I try to spend the same amount of time listening to my students as I do lecturing. Lastly, I’ve discovered that great teachers never lose their desire to learn, for to do so they would lose their desire to teach.”