Annual Teaching Awards 2010
For the Lindback Award
for Distinguished Teaching:
Stephanie L. Larson is associate professor of classics and National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Humanities. At Bucknell 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.
Professor Larson received extensive support from across the Bucknell community in her nomination for this award. Her colleagues, her current students and her past students have said that, as a teacher, 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.
In recommending Professor Larson for this award, the University Teaching Awards Committee noted that 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."
Bucknell University is pleased to present Professor Stephanie Larson with the 2010 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
For the class of 1956 Lectureship
for Inspirational Teaching:
John C. Hunter is associate professor of comparative humanities and director of the comparative humanities program at Bucknell.
Professor Hunter began his career as a scholar of Renaissance literature and published extensively in that field. His research and teaching interests have since expanded to focus 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.
Faculty across the University nominated Professor Hunter for the Class of 1956 Lectureship. In doing so, they 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 praise him for motivating them to engage deeply with their studies, both in the classroom and outside of it.
For his inspiring role as both teacher and scholar, Bucknell is delighted to recognize Professor John Hunter with the Class of 1956 Lectureship Award.
For the Presidential Awards
for Teaching Excellence:
Elizabeth Capaldi Evans is associate professor of biology and animal behavior. Her scholarly focus is on the behavior of social insects - namely, honeybees.
Since she began teaching in 2000, Professor Evans has creatively used multiple teaching methods to engage students from widely disparate backgrounds in topics ranging from neuroscience to ecology and animal behavior.
Her colleagues note that Professor Evans demands rigor from her students, and that she supports her students in meeting her high expectations.
Students of Professor Evans say that she is an enthusiastic and compassionate teacher who often engages them in her research.
Professor Evans has also applied her expertise to educate the general public through her newly published book, Why Do Bees Buzz? Fascinating Answers to Questions About Bees.
Today, Bucknell is delighted to recognize Professor Elizabeth Capaldi Evans with the 2010 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence.
Tammy Bunn Hiller is associate professor of management in Bucknell's School of Management. She teaches organizational management courses, including the highly popular Management 101. 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.
She has led by example, traveling with the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua and the Katrina Recovery Team to mentor students in service learning and sustainable development.
Those who nominated her describe Professor Hiller as one of the most impressive, dynamic, energetic and caring teachers at Bucknell. She is known for inspiring students to consider complex ethical issues and the intersection of organizational behavior and managerial theory.
For her commitment to providing the best student experience possible, Bucknell is pleased to present Professor Tammy Hiller with the 2010 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence.
For the William Pierce Boger, Jr., M.D. Award
for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences:
Robert A. Stockland is an associate professor of chemistry. He has been recognized for his innovative teaching of courses that students often view as formidable — namely, organic and inorganic chemistry.
Colleagues and students alike praise Professor Stockland for 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.
Professor Stockland has engaged numerous students in undergraduate research. In fact, his 19 publications since he arrived at Bucknell in 2000 include 20 different undergraduate co-authors. In nominating him, the University Teaching Awards Committee described Professor Stockland as a "student-centered teacher-scholar in the best sense of the term."
For his excellence in teaching in the natural sciences, Bucknell University honors Professor Robert Stockland with the 2010 Boger Award.