Stout honored as 2002 outstanding faculty member at Saint Martin’s College

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Lacey, Wash. - Don E. Stout, Jr., a member of both the engineering and business and economics faculty at Saint Martin’s College, is the recipient of the 2002 Monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey Outstanding Faculty Award.

The award was established in 1994 by the Saint Martin’s monastic community as a symbol of support for the college’s faculty and for excellence in teaching. It carries with it a $1,500 award.

Stout was nominated for the honor by students, who spoke of his high academic standards, consistent high quality of instruction and success in creating an environment with two-way communication between students and instructor. He teaches courses for Saint Martin’s at both the main campus in Lacey and the extension campus classes at Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base.

“Don exemplifies what is best about our college’s faculty members. He deeply cares about each student’s success,” says Jacqueline Johnson, the college’s vice president for academic affairs. “He is approachable, patient, knowledgeable, student-centered and brings with him real-world experience that complements traditional academic approaches in a most positive way.”

Stout says he aspires to the words of Carl Jung, who wrote: “An understanding heart is everything in a teacher and cannot be esteemed highly enough.”

Learning, he says, is “an active, dynamic process of discovery and insight that requires active student participation. I am learning my job is neither to lecture nor to train. It is to shape the learning environment. Students must get their hands dirty. They must be fully engaged.”

A retired colonel for the Army Corps of Engineers, Stout began teaching at Saint Martin’s in 1997. He brought with him a rich background of experience from the U.S. Army Engineer School, where he provided instruction for engineering students, created curriculum, organized schedules and evaluated personnel. At another point in his military career, he planned, programmed and budgeted all U.S. Army construction projects in 19 Middle East countries.

Johnson says Stout is highly valued for his out-of-classroom work at the college, where his is director of the College’s Master of Engineering Management Program, manager of the college website and serves on several committees. He brings an interdisciplinary focus and an active and inquiring mind to his work, she says. Although he is a member of two professionally oriented divisions, his keen interest in liberal arts concerns has made him one of the key players in current college discussions about the general education curriculum. He also is helping to implement a $1.8 million federal higher education administrative technology grant.

Stout, an Olympia resident, earned his Master of Engineering Management degree at Saint Martin’s, and earlier pursued graduate studies in research and development management at the University of Alabama. His bachelor of civil engineering degree was earned at Auburn University, where he was named the outstanding engineering graduate in 1976. He was named a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation School and is a member of Tau Beta Pi national engineering honorary and Chi Epsilon national civil engineering honorary.

For more information:
Jacqueline Johnson
Vice president for Academic Affairs
360-438-4310 or jjohnson@stmartin.edu

Holly Harmon
Director, Office of Communication
360-438-4332 or hharmon@stmartin.edu