For the class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching:
Sue Ellen Henry, associate professor of education, has been at Bucknell since 1996. Because of overwhelmingly positive student and faculty observations, she emerged as the clear choice for this teaching award. Professor Henry uses service learning and intensive writing to help students deepen their understanding of education. Often, she incorporates complex theoretical concepts from philosophy, history, and sociology into her material. Students in Professor Henry’s classes consider not only the particular subjects at hand, but also the broad impact of education. She asks them, for instance, to consider their role in the world and the role of education in the democratic processes of a multicultural society. Indeed, many students have suggested that Professor Henry’s “Multiculturalism and Education” course be required of all students at the University.
For the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching:
Michael Prince, professor of chemical engineering, came to Bucknell in 1989 and achieved the rank of full professor in 2002. Professor Prince’s colleagues resoundingly cite his devotion to excellence in undergraduate engineering education. He is a committed practitioner of problem-based, collaborative, and active learning, for which he has received praise throughout his 19 years at the University. Professor Prince has increased the quality of engineering education at Bucknell in several important ways: through excellent teaching, through mentorship of junior faculty, and through leadership in the field of engineering pedagogy.
For the Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence:
Elisabeth Guerrero, associate professor of Spanish, came to Bucknell in 1999. Professor Guerrero has a reputation on campus as a caring, personable, and enthusiastic professor who cultivates a love of learning in her students. Students regularly compliment Professor Guerrero for her teaching, whether she is leading a first-year Foundation Seminar or a senior capstone in Spanish art and literature. Her faculty colleagues, too, have endorsed her expertise in both teaching and scholarship.
Karl Voss, associate professor of mathematics. He came to Bucknell in 1999. Professor Voss treats each of his students with individual care and concern. He shares his contagious passion for his subject matter and challenges them in ways that make them want to learn more. Additionally, Professor Voss enhances the teaching environment at Bucknell by developing curricula and courses, including an interdisciplinary senior capstone course that consistently receives outstanding teaching evaluations. Among faculty and even outside of the University, he has a reputation for inspiring his students to push themselves to new heights.
For the William Pierce Boger, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences:
Eric Tillman, assistant professor of chemistry, came to Bucknell in 2002. A committed teacher, he excels in making even the most difficult subject matter (such as organic chemistry) accessible to students. Students praise professor Tillman for his responsiveness to their interests and feedback, and for creating an instructional environment in which students genuinely learn and advance. He also has a talent for engaging undergraduates in mentored research, a form of teaching that extends beyond the classroom to provide hands-on learning experiences for students. His one-to-one work with students has resulted in nine peer-reviewed publications on which 12 undergraduates and three graduate students have appeared as co-authors.