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Jessica Holmes Wins Gladstone Award for Excellence in Teaching

May 23, 2018

Professor of Economics Jessica Holmes will use the funding from the Gladstone Award to create a new winter term course, Health Policy in Action.
Professor of Economics Jessica Holmes will use the funding from the Gladstone Award to create a new winter term course, Health Policy in Action.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Jessica Holmes, professor of economics, is the winner of the 2018 Gladstone Award Honoring Excellence in Teaching.

The annual Gladstone Award was established in 2012 by Christopher D. Gladstone P’13 and Elise J. Rabekoff P’13 to recognize faculty who have exhibited exceptional teaching and mentoring in and outside the classroom. The award is designed to provide support for faculty to undertake a project that enhances classroom teaching or supports collaborative student-faculty work beyond the classroom. Each year, a selection committee of faculty and administrators selects the candidate, from among those nominated, whose record and proposal best exemplify the qualities this award is meant to recognize.

Holmes joined the Middlebury College faculty in 2001. She has served as the director of MiddCORE and teaches courses in microeconomics, health economics and policy, the economics of sin, and the economics of social Issues.

Holmes plans to harness her knowledge of Vermont’s healthcare sector and her experience in designing immersive, experiential learning programs to build a new winter term experience called Health Policy in Action. The course combines project-based internships in Vermont health care organizations with academic discussions and skill-building in the classroom. The Gladstone Award will allow Holmes to make this experience available to all qualified students, regardless of need, by defraying travel, housing, and project expenses.