School of Arts and Sciences 2000 Teaching
SAS Dean Samuel Preston and College Dean Richard Beeman have announced
the winners of this year's School of Arts and Sciences teaching awards.
This year SAS has expanded its efforts to recognize outstanding teaching--and
the many contexts in which teaching occurs--by establishing new SAS awards
to honor teaching innovation, mentorship of undergraduate research and teaching
by members of the junior faculty.
The School will honor the winners at a reception on Monday, May 1, at
4 p.m. in the Terrace Room in Logan Hall. All members of the University
are invited; please R.S.V.P. to the SAS Dean's Office at (215) 898-7320.
Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching
Now in its 14th year, the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished
Teaching is the School of Arts and Sciences' highest honor for distinguished
teaching. It honors teaching that is intellectually challenging and exceptionally
coherent, and is reserved for faculty who embody high standards of integrity
and fairness, have a strong commitment to learning and are open to new ideas.
This year there are two winners: Dr. Bruce Kuklick, and Dr.
Jeremy McInerney. Dr. Kuklick is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols
Professor in American History. A colleague says "Bruce is the embodiment
of the teacher-scholar, who brings the results of his research into the
classroom and communicates his findings with passion and with integrity
to his students. He is a model for the University community." Dr. McInerney
is an associate professor of classical studies (he was the Laura Jan Meyerson
Term Assistant Professor in the Humanities from 1994 to 1999). A colleague
says "McInerney manages to combine extremely high standards with a
flexible and understanding attitude to create a classroom atmosphere that
puts students at ease while evoking from them their best work."
Kahn Award for Educational Excellence
The Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Educational Excellence is
given to an academic entity within Arts and Sciences (a department, undergraduate
program, graduate group, or center) that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment
to teaching, innovation, and service. The Kahn Award is in its third year;
the winner is the Department of Mathematics. In recognition of: (1)
commitment of faculty to undergraduate mathematics education, in particular
the widespread introduction of a technology-based aid (the Maple software
program) to teach calculus (2) the creation of a multifaceted and extremely
well-received Help Program to assist students (featuring Math and Maple
Centers held four nights a week in a rotating series of dormitories; Sunday
night review sessions in DRL; the appointment of a residential math advisor
in each college house on campus; and on-line math advising) and (3) the
efforts of Math faculty to acknowledge in their teaching the interface of
mathematics with other disciplines, such as the creation of a minor in Actuarial
Mathematics. The $6,000 prize is to be used to further enhance the department's
teaching mission. The Department Chair is Dr. Dennis DeTurck, Davidson
Dean's Award for Innovation In Teaching
This is a new award which recognizes creativity and innovation in instruction.
The first winner is Dr. Cristle Collins Judd, assistant professor
of music. It is in recognition of "extraordinary initiative in the
application of technology to enhance classroom instruction," including
(1) leadership in the development of an undergraduate music lab for computer-assisted
instruction (2) innovative use of the web in her courses, including the
design and implementation of a multi-media coursepack on the web that includes
Dean's Award for Mentorship of Research
Another new award, this one honors meaningful engagement of undergraduate
students in research that is the direct result of exceptional nurturing
and facilitating by the faculty member.
The winner is Dr. Andrew Binns, professor and chair of biology.
This is in recognition of mentorship of undergraduate students in his
laboratory, most of whom credit the experience as a pivotal experience in
their development as scientists. A faculty colleague says, "Andy's
challenging and supportive mentoring motivates the students to work very
hard, to grow intellectually, to achieve beyond their expectations and to
produce interesting and significant scientific results."
Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching
A third new award--the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished
Teaching by an Assistant Professor--recognizes a member of the junior faculty
who demonstrates unusual promise as an educator. The winner is Dr. Barbara
von Schlegell, assistant professor of religious studies. A colleague
writes, "She is more dedicated to her students, both graduate and undergraduate,
than almost any professor I have known in over twenty years at Penn."
Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students
These are awarded to graduate students in Arts and Sciences in recognition
of their contributions to undergraduate teaching. Recognizes both teaching
assistants and graduate students who teach their own courses.
The winners are:
- Ilana Blumberg, English
- Bryan Coutain, political science
- Autumn Fiester, philosophy
- Gregory Flaxman, comparative literature
- Bernard Rhie, English
- Nakia Rimmer, mathematics
- Jennifer Smith, Earth & environmental science
- Jon Sullivan, biology
- Lorrin Thomas, history
MLK Day: A University Holiday
Since becoming a national holiday in 1986, Martin Luther King Day has
focused the University's energies and attention on community service while
inspiring all of us to explore ways to realize Dr. King's vision of a "beloved
At the same time, many members of our University community have strongly
felt that Penn could not fully pay its respect to Dr. King's memory and
legacy as long as it failed to observe his birthday as a holiday.
In January, I added my voice to theirs by recommending that Penn officially
observe Martin Luther King Day as a University holiday, beginning next year.
The deans considered the proposal and concurred with my recommendation.
I am happy to report that, starting in 2001, Martin Luther King Day will
be an official holiday at the University of Pennsylvania. I hope this will
encourage the creation and expansion of more events and enkindle even greater
participation from all of us.
"Everybody can be great," Dr. King said, "because everybody
I urge the entire Penn community to strive toward that standard of greatness
by observing next year's holiday, as the Corporation for National Service
suggests, as "a day on not a day off." Every act of serving others
advances our mission to build a caring and beloved community.
--Judith Rodin, President
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 30, April 25, 2000
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