|Nancy R. Hamant|
The Award for Excellence honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the purposes and ideals of the university. Before retiring in 2007, Hamant spent 43 years preparing UC students for future teaching careers and as coordinator of Professional Practice, placed thousands of students in teaching positions.
Her financial contributions to the university and student scholarships have paid back – over and over again – her own scholarship that she was awarded as a UC undergraduate in the 50s. She earned her BA in history and education in 1957 on a classics scholarship from the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences (A&S), earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) in 1961, and earned her doctorate in educational administration in 1967, working as a part-time instructor. She became a full-time UC faculty member in teacher education in 1964 and remained a faculty member at CECH until her retirement in 2007.
“Beyond her amazing breadth of service and the number of years she has served our college, UC Athletics, UC Foundation and the rest of the university, Nancy Hamant has been a tremendous inspiration to me personally,” says Lawrence J. Johnson, dean of CECH. “Dr. Hamant has been a trusted friend and confidante, someone who has served as a sounding board to me and others as we struggle with difficult decisions. I’ve heard many faculty members say she was an inspiration as they developed their careers and, to be frank, I count myself as one of those people.”
To this day, Hamant’s dedication to the university has spanned beyond the college classroom. Her service has included representation as chair of the University Athletic Committee; faculty representative to the NCAA; Faculty Senate representative; secretary of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Bargaining Council; vice president of the AAUP; and service with accreditation for the North Central Association.
She is a UC Foundation Emerita Trustee and lifetime member, former board member and past president of the UC Alumni Association. She is an active member of UC’s Charles McMicken Society (life benefactor and founder); the Herman Schneider Legacy Society (Legacy Benefactor); UCATS (George Smith Society); the C-Club; Order of the Black Blazer; the Ad Hoc Committee on University Governance; and serves as co-chair for the Proudly Cincinnati Campaign Leadership Committee for CECH. She served as honorary co-chair for the “We’re All UC” Faculty/Staff Campaign in 2006.
Hamant was honored with the UC Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1982, the UC Foundation Trustee Award in 1998 and was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2001 by the UC Alumni Association. She received the CECH Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 and the Faculty Senate University Service Award in 2006 and the Proudly Cincinnati Campaign in 2008.
Her civic affiliations include membership in numerous education professional organizations. She has also served as president of the Hamilton County Park District Board of Commissioners.