Outstanding UA Faculty Honored With Awards of Distinction
A few of the UA's outstanding faculty members were honored Monday at the annual Awards of Distinction Ceremony for their contributions in the classroom and to the University as a whole.
Five professors, nominated by their peers and students, were recognized with the awards for exemplary teaching, given annually by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the UA Foundation, the Graduate College and the Honors College.
Carol Schwalbe, associate professor and director of graduate studies at the UA School of Journalism, received the Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award. This award is sponsored by the UA Foundation and recognizes excellence in the art of teaching at all levels, with emphasis on the undergraduate level. It includes a $2,500 prize and the placement of a plaque in the Donna Swaim Honors Lounge in the Student Union Memorial Center.
"As a child, I loved to play teacher with my best friend, who was the student," Schwalbe said. "My first career took me into journalism. Now, in my second career, I've returned to my childhood love of teaching. My favorite part is finding creative ways to mentor students both inside and outside the classroom. I'm honored and thrilled that my students and colleagues recommended me for the Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award."
Mathematics associate professor Bruce Bayly was awarded the Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize in Public Service/Outreach, which honors individuals who have made major contributions to their fields in public service and outreach, with emphasis on originality.
"I am enormously honored," Bayly said. "I'm grateful for the recognition of my efforts, and many colleagues and students, to inspire youngsters throughout Arizona with the excitement of math, science and engineering. But most importantly, this award will allow us to expand the range and impact of our outreach efforts to reach many more children in the future."
Patrick Baliani, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at the UA Honors College, was awarded the Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award, which comes with a $1,000 prize and is the only campuswide teaching honor given by UA students.
Baliani, who is also an award-winning playwright, has previously received numerous teaching awards including the Honors College's Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Academic Preparation for Excellence Award and the Humanities Seminars Superior Teaching Award.
"The award is a tremendous honor – especially as it comes wholly from the students," Baliani said. "I share the honor with all of them."
Anthropology associate professor Susan Shaw and sociology professor Robin Stryker are this year's recipients of the Graduate College Teaching and Mentoring Awards in honor of their excellence in teaching and mentoring graduate students. The award comes with $2,500 prize, a medallion and plaque, and their photographs will be added to the Graduate College's "Wall of Fame."
"I'm so honored by this recognition from my graduate students and colleagues," Shaw said. "My students' own achievements are the best evidence I could hope for of my teaching effectiveness, and they are numerous. It's an enormous pleasure to be able to work with such accomplished graduate students across the University."
"Graduate education and professional socialization and mentoring have been a passion and priority of mine for as long as I can remember," Stryker said. "This award is especially meaningful to me, and I'm grateful to all of the students it has been my privilege to teach and mentor over the years."
For more information about each of these awards and honors for outstanding teaching at the UA, including nomination forms and requirements, visit the UA Provost's website.