May 28, 2001
Excellence in Teaching Awards presented
Twelve faculty members and ten teaching assistants have received recognition for
This year's Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented by Chancellor M.R.C.
Greenwood and Committee on Teaching Chair Jaye Padgett at University House on May
25. They will also be announced at the final Academic Senate meeting of the year
on May 30.
The selections are made by the UCSC Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching and include
$500 awards. The winners, and the comments on their certificates, are:
- Professor Frank Andrews of Chemistry: For sparkling enthusiasm and passionate
commitment to undergraduate education, genuine interest in students' well-being and
progress, and tireless listening, helping, and sharing with others in environments
where the best of human nature is brought to the fore, fostered, extended, and rewarded.
- Lecturer Jeremy Elkins of Legal Studies: For transformative teaching that
leads students up mountains they never knew existed and keeps them excited about
the journey, even at its most difficult, always challenging them to think independently
and analytically, and for nearly single-handed creation of the Legal Studies Program.
- Professor Dana Frank of American Studies: For unfailing dedication to
social justice, democracy, and equality in classrooms where no student is lost or
hidden but all are celebrated, nurtured, and challenged to go above and beyond what
they think they are capable of achieving, and for striving to live and model classroom
- Professor Frank Galuszka of Art: For generous spirit, compelling presence,
and profound dedication to the field of art, for a thoughtful, conscious approach
to teaching that encourages students to witness their own learning and that of others
as they link personal disposition and a body of knowledge in the paradoxical object
that is the work of art.
- Assistant Professor Jody Greene of Literature: For unabashed enthusiasm
for the material she presents, a palpable love of teaching, a strong capacity to
convey what is exciting, poignant, and worth exploring in a text, and an approach
to pedagogy as thought experiments, designed to cultivate new knowledges instead
of mastering old ones.
- Lecturer Conn M. Hallinan of Writing: For passion about journalism and
about teaching, for viewing writing as a profoundly intellectual process requiring
new ways of thinking and looking at the world, and for caring deeply about students'
- Professor Jorge Hankamer of Linguistics: For infectious energy and enthusiasm
for linguistics, singular dedication to teaching, and a philosophy of learning that
leads students into direct confrontation with linguistic data and motivates them
to solve problems for themselves.
- Professor Charles McDowell of Computer Science: For rigorous, innovative,
enthusiastic, sensitive instruction in computer science and openness and receptivity
to new ideas and better ways to teach in classrooms emphasizing inquiry, experimentation,
interactive learning, and the demystification of computers.
- Lecturer Daniel Palleros of Chemistry: For genuine engagement, fairness,
patience, and warmth, and the rare ability to make a complex subject seem simple
and accessible, for creating an atmosphere of openness where new ideas can flourish,
and for opening doors and letting the students find their way.
- Lecturer Robert J. Shepherd of Economics: For a passion for students generously
expressed through mentoring and friendship, for bringing life to the subject of accounting
through enthusiasm, commitment, humor, and ties to the real world, for opening doors
to the future and thriving upon students' success.
- Professor Michael Urban of Politics: For generously sharing his passion
for politics, Russian studies, and learning, for leading students into a mysterious
world to solve human puzzles that stretch their intellectual horizons and their own
interiors, and for treating undergraduates as equals in all respects.
- Assistant Professor Karen Tei Yamashita of Literature: For openness and
commitment to students and their own unique talents, for guiding students through
the labyrinth of fiction and fiction writing, and for engaging them in personal epiphanies
about the nature of society, the means for expressing it, and the important work
that literary narrative accomplishes.
Teaching assistant winners were selected by the Graduate Council and received
stipends of $100 each. Recipients are: Sarah Gerhardt, Chemistry; Joshua Gray, Physics;
Jonathan Keesey, Anthropology; Emily Klein, Literature; Wendy Minkoff, History of
Consciousness; Daniel Morgali, Mathematics; Stacy Ropp, Psychology; Robert Sanders,
Linguistics; Rashmi Shankar, Economics; and Joel Wilson, History.
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