Evan C Thompson Professor for Excellence in Teaching:
Robert Barchi announced that Mathematics Professor
Dennis DeTurck has been named to the first Evan C Thompson
Endowed Term Professorship for Excellence in Teaching.
Wharton alumnus Evan Thompson, '64, pledged $1 million
in November to endow a professorship that recognizes
teaching excellence (Almanac November 11, 2003). "Dennis
is a terrific scholar and a beloved teacher," said
Dr. Barchi. "He embodies the traits that define this
new endowed professorship, including curricular innovation;
an enduring record of superior teaching skills and
the capacity to consistently inspire students. We're
so pleased the committee found such a deserving first
recipient. I also want to express my deepest gratitude
to Mr. Thompson for his generosity in establishing
DeTurck joined the faculty in 1982 as an assistant
professor. He has been a professor of mathematics since
1989, with secondary appointments in SEAS and GSE.
He served as chair of the mathematics department, 1997-2002
and as undergraduate chair, 1992-1997. He also earned
both an M.A. in mathematics (1978) and a Ph.D. in mathematics
(1980) from Penn.
DeTurck has received numerous awards and honors including
the Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching (2003);
the Mathematical Association of America's Deborah and
Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching
(2002); and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
DeTurck has also served on dozens of University committees
and advisory boards since he came to Penn.
is an exciting and challenging place to teachbecause
even in the role of Constructor' you wake up every
day excited to learn more from students and colleagues," Dr.
DeTurck said. "So I feel especially honored and grateful
to be designated the first Evan Thompson Professor."
he announced his gift in November, Mr. Thompson said: "All
of us who are lucky enough to come across a dedicated
classroom teacher know how significantly the experience
influences us. "This endowment demonstrates our appreciation
for the commitment of those teachers."
DeTurck will serve for a term of three years. On April
12, at 4:30 p.m. he will present a lecture to the University
community, So How's Johnny Doing in Calculus? in
the Benjamin Franklin Room, Houston Hall focusing on
the implications and challenges posed by K-12 educational "reforms" and
other social and technological forces for college-level