LEWISBURG, Pa. — Michael Prince, a professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University, has been appointed to the Robert L. Rooke Professorship in Engineering. The Rooke Professorship was established in 2004 with funding from the estate of Robert L. Rooke, who graduated from Bucknell in 1913.
Prince, who joined Bucknell in 1989, has spent more than a decade researching and educating others on the significant impact new instructional methods can have on student success and retention. His focus on faculty development helped lead to the creation of Bucknell's Faculty Learning Series. Prince was also a driving force behind the University's Teaching and Learning Center, which launched in 2006.
"The adoption of new instructional methods can have an enormous educational benefit," explained Prince, who has helped coordinate and lead faculty development workshops around the world. "For example, extensive research, including some of my own work, shows that active engagement techniques generally result in significant learning gains, more positive student attitudes and increased student retention in engineering programs."
Prince plans to use his appointment to the Rooke Professorship to expand upon Bucknell's faculty development initiatives. One of his primary goals is to create a workshop aimed at introducing new educational methods to Bucknell faculty members and providing them with an opportunity to explore ways to incorporate the techniques into their own classes.
The professorship will also give Prince time to raise the visibility of Bucknell University's educational programming through the expansion of national educational workshops, presentations and publications.
Prince was the 2007-08 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. His appointment to the Rooke Professorship succeeds Tom DiStefano, professor of civil and environmental engineering, whose term ends July 30.
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