Michael Roche is South Dakota Prof of the Year The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have recently named University of South Dakota Political Science Professor Michael Roche the 2001 South Dakota Professor of the Year.
Roche has been a member of the USD faculty since 1974. He teaches courses in criminal justice, criminal law, justice and compassion, and law and society. Roche has also done extensive work in the South Dakota penal system and is widely sought after as a speaker on a wide range of topics concerning justice and education.
"Receiving an award such as this is more than just a little humbling because I don't have to look very far around this campus or even from my office to find faculty members at least as committed as I am to excellence in teaching," said Roche. "At the deepest level, all teachers teach what they embody.
"Thomas Merton put this best when he said 'whether you know it or not, what you're living for at the deepest level is inevitably what you're teaching about,'" Roche continued. "I will be able to put this acknowledgement out in front of me and use it as a constant reminder to pay attention to the messages that I am sending with my life and be inspired to do better."
This year there are winners in 45 states and the District of Columbia. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected the four national winners and state winners.
Roche was selected from 384 faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.
Roche received his B.A. from St. John's University in 1970. He continued his education at The University of South Dakota and received his M.A. in 1973 and his J.D. in 1974. He received an LLM in 1976 and a SJD in 1981 from the University of Virginia.