Christopher Monson (BArch, 1987), associate professor at the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University (MSU), has received the 2009 John Grisham Master Teacher Award for teaching excellence. The award is the highest honor given for teaching at MSU. The award prize is endowed by Mississippi-raised author John Grisham, who received an undergraduate degree from MSU in accounting in 1977 before entering law school.
Monson is currently directing the full-time research work on "StudioSchool," a public school program of choice for students at-risk of academic failure and drop out. The StudioSchool project is developing the instructional method of architectural education -- called studio-based learning (SBL) -- for use as a pedagogy in K-12 education.