By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University presented five members of the faculty with awards honoring their teaching and scholarly accomplishments during the 160th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 23.
Class of 1956 Lectureship
John Hunter, an associate professor of comparative humanities and director of the comparative humanities program at Bucknell, received the Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching.
A Bucknell faculty member since 2000, Hunter was nominated by colleagues who cited his success and innovation as a teacher, saying "he challenges students to exceed their own expectations and in turn inspires in them a passion for excellence." Students praised him for motivating them to engage deeply with their studies, both in the classroom and outside of it.
A scholar of Renaissance literature, Hunter also focuses on issues of the mind, brain and cultural process. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary questions of how the mind and memory are understood in scientific and cultural contexts.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
Stephanie Larson, an associate professor of classics and National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Humanities, received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
A Bucknell faculty member since 2002, she teaches courses on Greek language and literature and classical myth. Her scholarly interests include the construction and maintenance of regional, ethnic and gender identities in Archaic and Classical Greece.
Her nomination noted, "Professor Larson is enthusiastic and empathetic, engaging students with demanding material in an unassuming and unpretentious style that leads to their success. Students consistently describe her as a mentor, and as brilliant and friendly. She exhibits a mastery of teaching that is exceptional, particularly when one considers that she is also an accomplished scholar and an extremely active university citizen."
Two Presidential Awards
Elizabeth Capaldi Evans, an associate professor of biology and animal behavior, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence.
Since she began teaching in 2000, Evans has used multiple teaching methods to engage students from widely disparate backgrounds in topics ranging from neuroscience to ecology and animal behavior. Her colleagues noted that she demands rigor from her students, and that she supports her students in meeting her high expectations. Her students said that she is an enthusiastic and compassionate teacher who often engages them in her research.
With a scholarly focus on the behavior of honeybees, Evans has applied her expertise to educate the general public through her newly published book, Why Do Bees Buzz? Fascinating Answers to Questions About Bees.
Tammy Bunn Hiller, an associate professor of management in Bucknell's School of Management, also received a Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence.
Hiller teaches organizational management courses, including the highly popular Management 101. Her citation noted, "At the heart of her teaching is a belief in social justice and change, and Professor Hiller teaches her students how to promote social justice through their organizations.
"With the Bucknell faculty since 1994, she has led by example, traveling with the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua and the Katrina Recovery Team. She is known for inspiring students to consider complex ethical issues and the intersection of organizational behavior and managerial theory."
Robert A. Stockland, an associate professor of chemistry, received the William P. Boger Jr. M.D. Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Natural Sciences. He was recognized for his innovative teaching of courses that students often view as formidable - organic and inorganic chemistry.
Calling him a "student-centered teacher-scholar in the best sense of the term," colleagues and students lauded his "passion for chemistry, his depth of knowledge, his organization of material, his clarity of presentation and his accessibility. Students especially like his ability to relate class concepts to real-world applications and research."
Stockland has engaged numerous students in undergraduate research; his 19 publications since he arrived at Bucknell in 2000 include 20 different undergraduate co-authors.
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