Dr. Benjamin C. Sloop, a professor of mathematics, is the Spartanburg Methodist College 2019 Excellence In Teaching award recipient. Sloop earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (mathematics education) and an M.S. in mathematics sciences, both from Clemson University. He also holds an M.Ed. in mathematics education from Georgia State University.
Dr. Sloop has taught many different math courses at SMC and has even experimented with a flipped-class model allowing for more quality time with each student during the class period. Professor Jessica Harwood, a colleague in the Math and Sciences Division, says, “Dr. Sloop is not only aware of the latest trends in educational research, he also tries them out in the classroom. He not only gives of his time as a teacher of mathematics and as a superior advisor of students, but he also recently sacrificially offered his time during fall break to tutor struggling students in an educational Summit, in which struggling students could get additional intensive help in areas of most need. The Summit proved to be a great benefit for the students who participated.”
Dr. Sloop gives selflessly of his time to the College, faculty/staff, and particularly the students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Sloop’s campus leadership includes serving on the Academic Affairs and Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Steering Committee, a number of faculty search committees, and various ad hoc committees. Dr. Kelly Neil, SMC director of academic advising, adds, “Time and again, I catch myself feeling astounded at the level of dedication Professor Sloop gives to his students, his colleagues, and the SMC community. I wholeheartedly believe that Dr. Sloop is well-deserving of the SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award.”