Ned Duval awarded the Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize

April 28, 2015

I am delighted to report that on Monday, Dean Jonathan Holloway awarded Ned Duval the Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize.  We all know of Ned’s superb teaching at the graduate and the undergraduate level, in the French curriculum and in Directed Studies, and it is fitting and right that his achievement be celebrated campus-wide.  Please join me in congratulating Ned on this richly deserved distinction.

Alice Kaplan

The Citation:

Edwin Duval, the Henri Peyre Professor of French — the Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize: “For over 25 years, you have taught Yale College students to understand and appreciate the literature of the French Renaissance, which is your specialty, and you have also taught multiple generations of students in Directed Studies to read and write about literature across a wide range of cultures and centuries. Whatever the course, text, or time period, your students are grateful for your extensive office hours and lengthy feedback on written work, as well as your skill as a teacher in the classroom. They note, in particular, your ability to create ‘an environment in which all students freely join in the discussion’ while also ‘making sure that students did not miss critical points in the text.’ One student said: ‘He is equal parts teacher and maestro.’”

See YaleNews article.