2004 Teaching Awards
Samuel Preston, dean of the School
of Arts and Sciences,
and Dr. Rebecca Bushnell, dean of the College, announced
the recipients of the School's 2004 teaching awards,
which were presented yesterday at an awards reception
in the Penn Museum.
H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished
School's highest teaching honor is awarded to Dr.
Lothar Haselberger, Morris Russell and Josephine
Chidsey Williams Associate Professor of Roman Architecture. Dr.
Haselberger, who serves as undergraduate chair of history
of art, is praised by faculty and students alike for
his courses in ancient architectural history. A colleague
writes, "In his teaching he combines [his scholarly]
gift with energy, imagination, and vision, charging
his students with an irrepressible enthusiasm and inviting
both graduates and undergraduates to join him as junior
colleagues in research and publication."
in 1983, the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished
Teaching recognizes teaching that is intellectually
challenging and exceptionally coherent and honors faculty
who embody high standards of integrity and fairness,
have a strong commitment to learning, and are open
to new ideas.
Award for Innovation in Teaching
award, which recognizes exceptional creativity
and innovation in instruction, goes to Dr.
Robert Schuyler, associate professor and
graduate co-chair of anthropology, who is being
honored for his two-semester field course in
historical archaeology focusing on Vineland,
New Jersey. A student writes, "This course goes
far beyond what any other course that I am aware
of at the University of Pennsylvania does in
terms of allowing students hands-on experiences
in a real setting."
Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research
award recognizes faculty members who have excelled
in nurturing students' desires and abilities
to conduct meaningful research. This year's award
goes to Dr. Clark Erickson, associate
professor and undergraduate chair of anthropology
and associate curator in the American section
of the Penn Museum. He is being honored for his
efforts to promote, through several courses and
research projects, undergraduate research that
involves the Museum's collections. A student
writes, "I, as well as countless others, owe
their academic and hopefully our future career
success to Dr. Erickson's unyielding commitment
to undergraduate research."
J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished
Teaching by an Assistant Professor
award, established in 2000, recognizes a member
of the junior faculty who demonstrates unusual
promise as an educator. This year's recipient
is Dr. Sean Keilen, assistant professor
of English and a scholar of Renaissance literature.
His ability to bring his subject matter alive
has earned him great admiration among his students,
one of whom writes, "His energy, concern for
the students, intelligence, and humor are an
example to all teachers in the field of English
Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated
award recognizes the contributions to undergraduate
education made by the School's non-standing faculty.
This year's recipient is Dr. Janet Tighe, adjunct
assistant professor of history and sociology
of science and associate director of the undergraduate
health and societies program. She is being honored
for her outstanding classroom teaching, innovative
course design, and caring mentorship of her students,
one of whom observes that, "Dr. Tighe does not
merely teach, she cultivates, nurturing and developing
the intellectual capacities of each one of her
J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Educational Excellence
award, which honors a department or program that
demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to teaching,
innovation, and service, is presented this year
to the Master of Chemistry Education program.
Established in 1998, the program, which is offered
in cooperation with GSE, aims to improve the
content knowledge of secondary school chemistry
and other science teachers.
Distinguished Teaching Award
award honors outstanding teaching and advising
in the College of General Studies. Two
awards are being presented this year: to Dr.
Stephen Dunning, professor of religious studies,
and Dr. Janet Monge, adjunct assistant
professor of anthropology.
Dunning is a former chair of his department and
currently serves as its undergraduate chair.
He has taught several undergraduate and graduate
courses through CGS, where he is especially involved
in the Master of Liberal Arts programs, serving
as a capstone project supervisor and a faculty
advisor for the program's Religion in Public
Monge, who is also an associate curator of the
physical anthropology section of the Penn Museum,
is being honored for her well-received courses
in forensic anthropology, which she teaches both
in person and online through CGS's PennAdvance
distance learning program.
Award for Distinguished Teaching
by Graduate Students
award recognizes graduate students for teaching that
is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent,
and has a considerable impact on undergraduate students.
It goes to:
Baron, Ancient History
Kelso, Comparative Literature
Mulder, History of Art
Almanac, Vol. 50, No.
April 27, 2004