Ninety-three percent of Bucknell first-year students return as sophomores. This is due in no small part to the excellence of our faculty.

Each year the Office of the Provost has the opportunity to recognize superior teaching skills with these awards:

Six Bucknell University faculty members were presented with awards that recognized their scholarly accomplishments during the 167th Commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

Martin Ligare Associate Professor Martin Ligare, physics & astronomy, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Described by one of the award committee members as "Bucknell's elder statesman," Ligare has taught the breadth of the physics curriculum. He has contributed repeatedly to general education and curricular innovation, is responsible for much of the Undergraduate Research Program in the sciences, and has been heavily involved in the Community College Scholars program.

Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching

Kris Trego Kris Trego, associate professor of classics & ancient Mediterranean studies, received the Class of 1956 Lectureship Award, a recognition of inspirational teaching. Trego's students praise her lectures as the best part of her courses and say that she inspires them to take additional classes or declare a second major in classics.

Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence

Emily Dryden Assistant Professor Emily Dryden, mathematics, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence. Her dedication to student success is reflected in extensive interactions with students outside of class. Students see her as a faculty member who is invested in their success and willing to work with them not only on course content, but also on issues such as studying abroad and career choices.

G.C. WaldrepAssociate Professor G.C. Waldrep, English, received the second Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. Colleagues describe him as a compassionate, dedicated and inspiring teacher who is intense in his critique of student writing, making copious comments on their drafts and inspiring students to do their best work. Waldrep also is known for his work with the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets and his service to the department and the University.

William Pierce Boger, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences

Peter Judge Professor Peter Judge, psychology, received the William Pierce Boger Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences in recognition for his commitment to the teacher-scholar model, his impact on the animal behavior program and his mentorship of students in the field. His colleagues and students describe him as a faculty member with a strong commitment to the natural sciences, the scientific method and the importance of laboratory experience for all students.

Writing Across the Curriculum Award

Heidi Lorimor Heidi Lorimor, assistant professor of linguistics, received the Writing Across the Curriculum Award of Excellence, which honors a faculty member who demonstrates exemplary work in the teaching of writing. In addition to her commitment to the goals of the writing program — evidenced by her utilization of strategies for writing to learn, writing as a process, and the essentials of strong writing, including editing, revision and critique — Lorimor teaches Writing Program workshops for colleagues, and the Writing Center uses her work as model for writing assignments.


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