Bank of America Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award Recipients
Dr. Sebastian van Delden
Three primary themes govern my approach to providing a high-quality educational experience to undergraduate students: (1) Weaving humor and ‘real-world’ examples into classroom material so that the students feel comfortable engaging in an active-learning environment; (2) providing extra-curricular research and scholarly opportunities so that students can apply what they have learned to solving new and challenging problems; (3) assisting students in securing a challenging and rewarding career after graduation. Additionally, outside of the classroom, I believe all faculty should pride themselves on being good role models for students by exhibiting love of country, community, school and family.
Dr. Judy Beck
In each of the classes I teach, I believe in modeling the ‘best practices’ as described in educational research. The learner is an active participant in the learning process, and I am a facilitator to his/her learning. My classroom is a place where ideas will be challenged. Therefore, the classroom environment must be conducive to risk-taking. Toward that end, we spend time engaging in ‘getting to know you’ and team-building activities. These activities pave the way for the rest of the semester in which students participate in cooperative learning exercises, small and large group discussions, projects, presentations and self- and peer evaluation. I hold high expectations for all of my students while giving support to help students meet these expectations.