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The School of Arts and Sciences invites nominations for two awards the traditional Ira Abrams Award (deadline January 9) and a new award created by Edmund and Louise Kahn (deadline January 23).

Edmund and Louise Kahn Award For Faculty Excellence

The Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Faculty Excellence will be made annually to an SAS department, undergraduate program, graduate group, or center which demonstrates an extraordinary collective faculty commitment to teaching, curriculum innovation, and service to students. This award, which is new this year, may honor the activities of either an individual group of faculty members or an entire department.

The recipient department, program or center will receive an award of $6,000 to be used at the discretion of the chair or director to further enhance the teaching program. The Dean will also host a reception to honor faculty members of the winning department or unit.

Nominations will be accepted from faculty or students in the form of a letter to Interim Dean Walter D. Wales (116 College Hall/6377 or sasdean by Friday, January 23, 1998.

Ira Abrams Memorial Award For Distinguished Teaching

The Ira Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching is presented annually to a faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences to celebrate his/her contributions to teaching. Excellence in teaching will, of course, reveal itself differently across fields and settings. In general, the Award seeks to recognize teaching that is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent, and leads to an informed understanding of a discipline. Recipients of the Ira Abrams Memorial Award are expected to embody high standards of integrity and fairness, to have a strong commitment to learning, and to be open to new ideas.

Up to two awards are made each year; each recipient receives an award of $6,000. In addition, each recipient's department receives $4,000 to be used to improve teaching in the department. All members of the standing faculty are eligible.

Nominations are welcome from faculty and students and should be in the form of a letter to Interim Dean Walter D. Wales (116 College Hall/6377 or sasdean@pilot. by Friday, January 9, 1998 describing those qualities that make the nominee an outstanding teacher. The letter should include the nominee's full name; department and rank; the name, address, and phone number of the nominator; and an explanation of how the nominator knows the nominee.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, December 16, 1997, Volume 44, Number 16