Dr. Steven Volk, professor emeritus of history and chair of the Latin American studies division at Oberlin College, has taught Latin American political history for 26 years. He was selected as the 2011 Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The program honors the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country, recognizing those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students.
"Every class is a discussion, because that is the way that students can construct their own understanding and knowledge, rather than me telling them what's going on," he said. “Having more discussion in class has caused a tremendous increase in students' participation and interest in the topic”, he said. "There is no one that can really not pay attention, they are not falling asleep, they are not on Facebook, and they are not doing a lot of things that might happen in a lecture, because they are the ones who have to be participating.