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 Bucknell University faculty members were presented with awards that recognized their scholarly accomplishments during the 166th Commencement on Sunday, May 22, 2016.
Professor Karline McLain, religious studies, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. She was honored for her broad commitment to students, colleagues and the University. McLain incorporates service-learning and writing into her teaching, and challenges her students to examine their perceptions and knowledge.
The Class of 1956 Lectureship Award, which recognizes inspirational teaching, went to Professor Robert Rosenberg, English. Faculty, alumni and students describe him as a passionate teacher-scholar and a trusted mentor. Creative writing and non-creative writing majors alike praise him for his skill in critically evaluating writing while at the same time instilling in students confidence in their abilities. Rosenberg will give a lecture during the next academic year as part of the award.
Professor Michael Drexler, English, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence. Nominated by his senior colleagues, he brings his scholarship and technological knowledge to his courses on 18th- and 19th-century American literature and specializes in the cultural study of the American Revolution through the Civil War. He is known for pushing his students' intellectual boundaries through challenging them to do their best work as well as guiding those in Bucknell's graduate program as they prepare to gain admission to doctoral programs.
Professor Bernhard Kuhn, Italian studies, also received a Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. Senior colleagues praised his work in transforming an initial offering of courses into a robust Italian studies major program. Students have described him as an innovative and creative teacher whose clear love of teaching inspires them and cultivates their knowledge.
Professor Morgan Benowitz-Fredericks, biology, received the William Pierce Boger Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences. Her colleagues laud her skill in evoking critical thinking from her students and building academic rigor into all levels of courses, as well as mentoring undergraduate researchers. "This class made me uncomfortable and confused, in the best ways possible," one student commented.
Initiated two years ago on the 30th anniversary of Bucknell's Writing Program, the Writing Across the Curriculum Award of Excellence honors a faculty member who demonstrates exemplary work in the teaching of writing. This year's award honors Professor Deborah Abowitz, sociology. In her career, she has taught more than 30 required undergraduate writing courses. Her colleagues cite her commitment to writing as a process and as a way for students to engage deeply with material. Abowitz helps students become better writers — and by extension, better thinkers — by focusing on essentials of strong writing, including editing, revision and precision.
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