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Twenty-one at Illinois to
be honored for excellence in teaching and advising
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
Fourteen faculty members, four academic professionals and three teaching
assistants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will
be honored today (April 18) for excellence in teaching and advising.
The award winners will be recognized during the annual Instructional
Awards banquet in the Illini Union,1401 W. Green St., Urbana.
Faculty winners of the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
Teaching are Donald Crummey, history;
Cara Finnegan, speech communication;
Leonard Pitt, computer science;
and Julia Saville, English.
Instructional staff winners of the award are Susan Farner, kinesiology
and community health; Lori Garner, English; and David Zola, educational
Graduate teaching assistants who will receive the award are Melissa
Girard, English; Thomas Mackaman, history; and Jon Sherman, Germanic
Nicholas Petruzzi, business
administration, and Thomas Schwandt, educational psychology, will
receive the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional
The awards recognize professors and graduate teaching assistants who
display consistently excellent performance in the classroom, take innovative
approaches to teaching, positively affect the lives of their students,
and make other contributions to improved instruction, including influencing
Faculty members who are selected for the award receive $5,000 and a
$3,000 raise; instructional staff members receive $4,000 and a $1,500
raise; graduate teaching assistants receive $3,500.
Others to be honored at the banquet:
Bertram “Chip” Bruce, professor in the Graduate
School of Library and Information Sciences, and Kim Graber, professor
of kinesiology and community health, will be recognized as Distinguished
Teacher/Scholars for 2006-07. The program promotes excellence in teaching
by honoring and supporting outstanding faculty members who take an
active role in enhancing teaching and learning on the U. of I. campus.
During the past year, these honorees utilized their skills to mentor
other faculty members. They will retain the title of University Distinguished
Teacher/Scholar throughout their Illinois careers.
Geoffrey Dahl, professor of animal
sciences, will receive the Award for Excellence in Off-Campus Teaching,
which provides $5,000 to the recipient.
Eric Oldfield, professor of chemistry,
will receive the Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate
Research, a $2,000 award designed to foster and reward excellence in
involving and guiding undergraduate students in scholarly research.
Two professors will be honored with the Campus Award for Excellence
in Mentoring Graduate Students: James Leach, human
resource education, and Ronald Toby, East
Asian languages and cultures.
Kathi Ritten, speech and hearing science academic adviser, and Darrel
J. Kesler, professor of animal sciences, will receive the Campus Award
for Excellence in Advising Undergraduate Students, which provides $2,000
to each recipient.
Chilin Shih, professor of East Asian languages and cultures, will receive
the Campus Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction Using Educational
Technologies. The award provides $2,000 to the recipient.