Ninety-three percent of Bucknell first-year students return as sophomores. This is due in no small part to the excellence of our faculty.
Each year the Office of the Provost has the opportunity to recognize superior teaching skills with these awards:
Six members of the Bucknell University faculty were honored with awards recognizing their teaching and scholarly accomplishments during the 165th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17.
Chris Boyatzis, professor of psychology, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Boyatzis was recognized as "a passionate teacher who stimulates deep and critical thinking throughout students' academic careers ... who is easily available outside of class for discussion and consultation." He developed the Bucknell in Denmark summer study abroad program and was instrumental in developing the Child Studies Minor.
Erin Jablonski, associate professor of chemical engineering, received the Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching. Jablonski, whose work was cited as "a model for teaching engineering in a liberal arts context, uses problem-based learning to help students develop knowledge and skills in their field." She developed a summer engineering camp to engage K-12 students in engineering. Jablonski will give a talk during the next academic year as part of the award.
Philippe Dubois, associate professor of French, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence. Students describe Dubois as "a warm, compassionate and challenging teacher and his colleagues look to him for guidance on their own teaching methods." He has made extensive contributions to the Bucknell en France program as well as to interdisciplinary programs across the University.
Molly McGuire, associate professor of chemistry, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence. Described as "a rigorous and demanding teacher who inspires her students to achieve new levels of excellence, McGuire guides students to not only meet, but also exceed the goals she sets for them." McGuire, who teaches a range of chemistry courses, served as director of the Environmental Studies program from 2010 to 2014.
Sally Koutsoliotas, professor of physics, received the William P. Boger Jr. M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences. Students from across the disciplines nominated her for her impact within and beyond physics, as a teacher and mentor of first-year students in Foundation Seminars and the Residential Colleges program. She also directs the Presidential Fellows Scholarship Program.
Michael Malusis, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the Bucknell University Writing Across the Curriculum Award of Excellence.
As the most recent director of the University Writing Program, Malusis has helped to establish new learning outcomes and has developed and implemented a process for assessing those outcomes. He has taught a number of writing-intensive courses for his department, teaching students to communicate effectively both within and beyond their discipline, and to understand how writing can be a tool for learning.
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