By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Five members of the Bucknell University faculty were honored with awards recognizing their teaching and scholarly accomplishments during the 161st Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 22.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
Coralynn Davis, an associate professor of women's and gender studies, and anthropology, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
A Bucknell faculty member since 1999, Davis was lauded for her innovative and socially aware teaching, especially her creation of courses based on the principles of social justice, and for teaching students the connections between theoretical principles and real-life practices and experiences.
Her course, "Women and the Penal System," brings Bucknell students together with incarcerated women to study issues of gender, race and class, and the intersection of these topics with the criminal justice system. The students and prisoners taking the course have described it as "life changing."
Class of 1956 Lectureship Award
Howard Smith, a professor of mathematics, received the Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching.
Smith, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 1988, has been praised by his colleagues as a successful teacher who inspires enthusiastic, deep and meaningful engagement among his students.
In part, his citation read, "Professor Smith is a practitioner of the liberal arts, incorporating ideas from poetry, theatre, philosophy and music into the teaching of math. His commitment to the liberal arts tradition extends well beyond the math classroom to English and theatre, where he encourages students to participate in the life of the arts and humanities."
Two Presidential Awards
John Enyeart, an associate professor of history, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence.
Colleagues commended Enyeart for his rigorous teaching, saying, "He expects much of his students and provides them with intellectual skills by pushing them to ask difficult questions and requiring them to use good evidence to support their positions."
Students describe him as a relaxed and engaging instructor who values them as individuals and cultivates their personal and professional growth inside of class and out. Enyeart joined the Bucknell faculty in 2004.
James Maneval, an associate professor of chemical engineering, also received a Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence.
Nominated by several colleagues, Maneval has been described as "a model of quiet excellence. Students value him for his ability to explain highly technical and difficult material in accessible, meaningful ways. He is patient and always ready to provide guidance to students at all levels of instruction."
He was cited for transforming the chemical engineering curriculum and working to improve his teaching methods. Many students have commented that his impact has been extensive, and they write glowingly of his generosity of time and energy. Maneval joined the Bucknell faculty in 1991.
Karen Castle, an associate professor of chemistry, received the William Pierce Boger Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences.
Castle's courses are conceptually and mathematically demanding, and her students describe her teaching as interesting, clear and rigorous whether the material is general or advanced.
Her citation read in part, "In asking her students to think independently and creatively, Professor Castle helps them embrace a sense of responsibility for their own learning." With the university since 2002, she has mentored numerous undergraduate researchers who have gone on to careers in chemistry.
Burma-Bucknell Bowl Award
In addition to the teaching awards presented during Commencement, two members of the University community have been honored with the Burma-Bucknell Bowl Award for Promoting Intercultural and International Understanding.
This annual award recognizes university community members who have made outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding.
Honored were Paula Cogan Myers, assistant dean of students, and Richard McGinnis, a professor of civil and environmental engineering.
As director of International Student Services, Myers recruited and supported international students, helping them to deal with cultural issues, homesickness, and the challenges of living and learning abroad. She also worked to raise cultural awareness on campus in her position with the Office of Multicultural Student Services and as mentor to the Boston Posse I students. Myers is leaving Bucknell to begin a position in Hong Kong.
A 1968 graduate, McGinnis was honored for supporting and promoting international study opportunities for all students - especially for engineers. Through his hard work, encouragement, and leadership, study abroad has become an integral part of the College of Engineering. He coordinated the Bucknell in London program three times and helped to launch the student-run group GLOBE (Global Learning Opportunities for Bucknell Engineers).
He also recruited many new faculty members who are themselves committed to the global education of Bucknell students, and he has traveled extensively to seek new opportunities for Bucknell students. McGinnis retired this year after 41 years on the faculty.
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