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January 5th, 2014

Ceramic Education Council

Published on January 5th, 2014 | By: pwray@ceramics.org



Founded in 1938, the Ceramic Education Council (CEC) is an organization dedicated to stimulating, promoting and improving ceramic education. The CEC provides a forum for discussing issues pertinent to ceramic education, curricula, and institutional affairs. The CEC works to engage those concerned with ceramic education to implement improvements that benefit students, educators, and the public knowledge of ceramics.



The CEC supports the participation of students through organizing events at ACerS meetings. In 2013, the CEC organized career roundtables at PACRIM 10, and is planning future events such as lunch with industry and student networking events at MS&T. The CEC also holds a biennial symposium on education topics at the Annual Meeting, and invites international and industrial members to give presentations. If you would like to propose any additional CEC coordinated activities for an upcoming ACerS meeting, please contact the CEC Secretary.


The CEC also keeps a database of ceramic faculty from around the world. To be added to our database, please contact the CEC Secretary.


Outstanding Educator Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize truly outstanding work and creativity in teaching, in directing student research, or in the general educational process (lectures, publications, etc.) of ceramic educators.  The deadline for nominations is January 15th of each year prior to the annual meeting.

Nominating Process:

Any interested individual or group may nominate a person. A personal history and three-page description of teaching efforts and consequences of this work will be used for the judging.  The suggested three-page description might include descriptions of typical ceramic courses taught, course evaluation data, descriptions of courses or labs developed by the individual, data on number of these supervised, a publication list highlighting books, reviews, or tutorial articles, descriptions of educational programs developed, and educational service within the broader ceramics community. Attachments might include letters of support by colleagues and current or former students.  A nomination will remain active for three years.


A committee made up of the two immediate past recipients of the award and the current President-elect of the Ceramic Education Council, who will act as chairman of the committee, will select the winner.


Send nominations to:

Erica Zimmerman
The American Ceramic Society
600 N. Cleveland Ave., Suite 210
Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-794-5821


Download the CEC Outstanding Educator recipient list.




CEC Counselor
William Hammetter
Sandia National Laboratories

P: (505) 272-7603


CEC Vice President

Ed Gorzkowski

Naval Research Labs
P: (202) 767-3313


CEC President

Yiquan Wu
Alfred University 
P: (607) 871-2662 


CEC Secretary

HaiTao Zhang

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
P: (704)687-8128

CEC President-Elect

Ashley Hampton

Vesuvius USA
P: (580) 716-6237



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