May 9, 2016 at 10:58 am

Himmeldirk Gets Inaugural Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Klaus Himmeldirk, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry & Biochemistry, receives the 2016 Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching at Ohio University.

Dr. Klaus Himmeldirk

Dr. Klaus Himmeldirk

“In my educational work, the focus is on the development of more efficient, thought-provoking laboratory classes in Organic Chemistry.  I strive to prepare students to be independent thinkers and practitioners. Overall, the goal is to create a demanding and very dynamic laboratory environment in which practical and theoretical aspects of the scientific process are intimately interwoven,” Himmeldirk says.

Many College of Arts & Sciences faculty were among the finalists for the Presidential Teacher Award and the inaugural Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching announced by Dr. Howard D. Dewald, Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning.

The five finalists for the Presidential Teacher included: Roger Braun (Music), Dr. Lauren McMills (Chemistry and Biochemistry); Dr. Marina Peterson (Interdisciplinary Arts); Dr. Linda Rice (English); and Dr. Stephen Scanlan (Sociology and Anthropology). Braun received the Presidential Teacher Award for 2016.

The four finalists for the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching included: Jeffrey Anderson (Management); Himmeldirk (Chemistry and Biochemistry); Pamela Kaylor (Communication-Lancaster); and Dr. Matthew Stallard (English).

Recipients hold the title of Presidential Teacher or the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching for three years.

A recognition ceremony and award presentation for all finalists and winners will be held in Fall 2016.

“On behalf of the selection committees, thank you for opening your classrooms and participating in this year’s award selections,” Dewald said. “As one committee member says, we have many, many excellent teachers at Ohio University!”

The selections for both awards involved a portfolio review, classroom visitations, and personal interviews of the finalist and department chair/school director. The criteria include excellence in teaching and meritorious academic pursuits both inside and outside the classroom.

“Many thanks to each member of the selection committees for the commitment and dedication to the selection process,” Dewald added.

The members of the Presidential Teacher Award selection committee included: Professor Emilia Alonso-Sameno (Modern Languages), Associate Professor Monica Burdick (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering); Associate Professor Deb Henderson (Sociology and Anthropology); Associate Professor Fred Lewis (Media Arts and Studies); Associate Professor Hyun-Ju Oh (Recreation and Sports Pedagogy) Associate Professor Alison Sincoff (Music); Graduate Student Joseph Tysko (Chemistry and Biochemistry); and Undergraduate Student Natalie Bigler (College of Communication).

The members of the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching selection committee were: Associate Lecturer Mark Barsamian (Mathematics); Senior Lecturer Perianne Bates (Teacher Education); Senior Lecturer Susan Tice-Alicke (Psychology), Senior Lecturer Christine Yost (Accounting); Graduate Student Justin Rudnick (College of Communication); and Undergraduate Student Autumn Trussell (College of Health Sciences and Professions).

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