For the class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching:
James Lavine, assistant professor of linguistics, came to Bucknell in 2001. Professor Lavine has worked ceaselessly and successfully to revive the Linguistics program at Bucknell. Linguistics courses now number among some of the most sought after classes for all Bucknell students, and scarcely a day goes by without colleagues seeing students in his office talking animatedly about linguistics. Students praise his infectious enthusiasm and love for the subjects he teaches, his accessibility, and his interest in their learning process.
For the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching:
Lois Svard, professor of music, came to Bucknell in 1984. Professor Svard excels as a teacher in the private piano studio, in teaching music history, and in having taught repeatedly a highly regarded capstone course that deals with the creative process. Her scholarship includes performance, and recently, research into the neurological processes involved in musical performance. Students praise Professor Svard for her enthusiasm and knowledge and for how much they have progressed musically. She creates an instructional environment in which students genuinely learn and advance.
For the Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence:
Alfred Siewers, assistant professor of English, came to Bucknell in 2002. Since arriving at Bucknell, Professor Siewers has not only revitalized medieval studies, but also forged interdisciplinary connections with postmodern studies, ecological studies, science fiction, psychoanalysis, and film studies. Combining rigorous historical and theoretical approaches to literature in tandem with offering culturally accessible backgrounds to often obscure texts has made his courses demanding and popular. Students find him passionate about medieval literature and his courses thought-provokingly insightful.
Margot Vigeant, associate professor of chemical engineering, came to Bucknell in 1999. Professor Vigeant has a sustained record of excellence in the classroom. She works tirelessly to broaden and improve the engineering curriculum and to build academic bridges between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences by designing engineering courses that also reach out to non-engineering students. Students appreciate her ability to foster class interaction and praise her willingness to help and her enthusiasm, and they comment that her classes are “an adventure.”
For the William Pierce Boger, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences:
Marie Pizzorno, associate professor of biology and cell biology/biochemistry, came to Bucknell in 1996. Professor Pizzorno consistently receives accolades for her teaching in introductory, advanced and interdisciplinary courses, both in lecture and lab. She maintains an active lab that provides valuable research opportunity for students and has taken on a leadership role in the Cell Biology/Biochemistry Program. She has a reputation as a popular teacher and as one who holds high standards and rigorous expectations in her classes. She freely gives her time to guide not only her own research students but those of many labs who find her to be an invaluable resource for instruction in molecular biology.