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September 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

Five A&S Professors Recognized as Ohio University Presidential Teachers

By Gretchen Gregor
Excerpted from Compass

Five College of Arts & Sciences Professors were honored Sept. 23 as recipients of the Presidential Teacher Award, which recognizes full-time tenured faculty who consistently inspire students and colleagues through academic excellence inside and outside the classroom.as recipients of the Presidential Teacher Award, which recognizes full-time tenured faculty who consistently inspire students and colleagues through academic excellence inside and outside the classroom.

The competitive process is based on candidates’ teaching portfolios, teaching observations and an extensive interview process. Faculty who are selected as awardees hold the title of Presidential Teacher for three years and receive a $3,000 award over the course of three years.

Presenting the awards was Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, who said she is proud of the dedication of OHIO’s faculty for its primary mission — to teach and to teach well. “With these nominations, your colleagues, President McDavis, and I thank you for your hard work and a commitment to imparting knowledge, motivating critical thinking, empowering problem solving, and inspiring creativity in our students.”

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit (right) congratulate Dr. Katarzyna Marciniak. Photos by Lauren Pond/Ohio University

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit (right) congratulate Dr. Katarzyna Marciniak. Photos by Lauren Pond/Ohio University

Dr. Katarzyna Marciniak, Professor of English and Presidential Teacher for academic years 2014-16, is recognized as a rigorous and effective teacher who uses significant and timely innovations in the English curriculum for critical exploration into difficult issues related to gender, race, class, religion, and immigration.

McDavis and Benoit with Dr. Julia Paxton

McDavis and Benoit with Dr. Julia Paxton

Dr. Julia Paxton, Associate Professor of Economics and Presidential Teacher for academic years 2014-16, is recognized for her creative approach to teaching economics, which enables her to present difficult material in a compelling fashion. She uses technology, imaginative examples, and current issues in ways that provoke students’ thinking and learning at all levels.

McDavis and Benoit with Dr. Sarah Wyatt

McDavis and Benoit with Dr. Sarah Wyatt

Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor Environmental & Plant Biology and Presidential Teacher for academic years 2015-17, is a two-time winner. She is seen as an innovator, mentor, and a strong advocate for undergraduate research. Especially appreciated is her ability to present difficult material in a compelling manner, using written and oral expression as central components of her classroom teaching.

Unable to attend the ceremony were Dr. Haley Duschinski, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Presidential Teacher for academic years 2015-17, as well as Dr. Risa Whitson, Associate Professor of Geography and Presidential Teacher for academic years 2013-14.

 

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