May 31, 2004
Excellence in Teaching Award winners honored
Eight faculty members have received 2003-04 Excellence in Teaching
Awards from the Academic Senate Committee on Teaching.
At the ceremony Friday were, from left, Anatole Leikin, Peter
Kenez, Acting Chancellor Martin M. Chemers, Peter Young,
Jenny Keller, Gildas Hamel. Photo: Victor
Schiffrin, UCSC Photo Services
Given each spring, the awards honor those who have demonstrated exemplary
and inspiring teaching.
Nominations are submitted by students, and the committee also reads
a statement on teaching written by the nominee, as well as a letter
from the department chair. The committee looks for evidence that the
nominee has thought deeply about teaching and learning, and effectively
applies that thinking in the classroom.
This years awards were presented by Acting Chancellor Martin
M. Chemers and Committee on Teaching Chair Judith Habicht-Mauche on
May 28 at University House. The names of recipients were announced during
the final Academic Senate meeting of 2004 on May 21. The awards include
$500 in cash for faculty members and $200 for graduate students.
The winners, followed by the text on their certificates, are:
Manuel Ares Jr., molecular, cell, and developmental biology,
for commitment and innovation in teaching biology, for involving
students in the excitement of research, for encouraging them to learn
not only the known, but also the unknown.
Gildas Hamel, languages, for inspiring and creative teaching
of languages, for a lively and engaging classroom where all actively
participate in learning, for enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge, and dedication
Kevin Karplus, biomolecular engineering, for innovation
in teaching computer engineering and biomolecular engineering, for challenging
problems, question-driven lectures, and enthusiasm for the subject,
for high standards and dedication to student success.
Jenny Keller, science communication, for extraordinary
teaching of science illustration, for creating a collaborative classroom
where students learn from one another, for offering discipline, mentorship,
insight, and encouragement.
Peter Kenez, history, for many years of unforgettable
teaching in history, for thought-provoking discussions and scholarly
lectures, for educating through wit, encouragement, and high expectations.
Anatole Leikin, music, for extraordinary dedication in
the teaching of music, for rigorous courses that integrate skills, musicianship,
and theory, for patience and humor, and for inspiring the highest level
of accomplishment from each student.
Anthony Pratkanis, psychology, for enthusiastic and effective
teaching of social psychology, for telling stories, asking questions,
and encouraging research, for working alongside students to discover
Peter Young, physics, for exceptional effectiveness in
teaching physics, for presenting difficult subjects with depth, rare
clarity, and excellent timing, for offering students extra help when
needed, and intellectual respect at all times.
In addition to the faculty awards, 10 graduate students at UCSC have
received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Award-winners are
nominated by faculty members and selected by the Graduate Council
Graduate students receiving the awards and their majors are: Corey
Capers, history of consciousness; Peter Koht, music; Vera
Lee-Schoenfeld, linguistics; Micah Lubensky, psychology;
Christie Rowe, Earth sciences; John Mason, physics; Laura
Sabattini, psychology; Clare Brown Sears, sociology; Mark
Slater, computer science; and Emily Woomer, literature.
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