Today was the department's annual awards luncheon, for which I was told I should be present to be recognized for the summer fellowship I was awarded a couple of weeks ago. So hey, free lunch right?
The final award of the day is the Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Teacher Award, which is always a surprise: it's the only award not printed in the program beforehand. So imagine my shock when it was me!
Apparently, according to a faculty member at another table, my students believe I could "make a brick interesting...at 8:30 in the morning."
While I've been teaching now for almost 9 years, this is only my second year here at this institution, and so as you might imagine, I am completely floored. I've been smiling ear-to-ear for 45 minutes straight.