Professor highlights educator’s story for ‘Focus on Excellence’ colloquium

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University’s RichLyn Library will host the spring “Focus on Excellence” colloquium from 7 to 8 p.m. April 7 in the library conference room.

Dr. Paul Worfel, associate professor of education at the university, is the featured speaker. His topic will focus on William Farish, an 18th century Cambridge University professor, who is known as the “World’s Most Famous Lazy Teacher.”
Worfel will share how his first encounter with William Farish (1759-1837) motivated him to gain a better picture of the man credited with the first use of a quantitative grading system.

Worfel, who has teaching experience that ranges from kindergarten to the university level, is currently involved in a project to write Farish’s biography and will share how that process has taken him from a small-town coffee shop to Cambridge, England, and back again.

Begun in 1998, the “Focus on Excellence” colloquium runs twice a year in an effort to showcase excellence as presented by university faculty or members of the Huntington community.

For more information about the colloquiums, contact Robert Kaehr, director of library services, at (260) 359-4063.
 Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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