Six members of the Bucknell University faculty were honored with awards recognizing their teaching and scholarly accomplishments during the 164th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
Peter Groff, associate professor of philosophy, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Groff's multiple nominators describe him as a tremendously gifted teacher and scholar whose knowledge of and contributions to the field of philosophy are extensive. Students describe him as a creative and innovative teacher who is generous with his time and who inspires them to think critically and become deeply engaged with their academic work.
Class of 1956 Lectureship Award
Jamie Hendry, associate professor of management, received the Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching. Faculty, staff, students and alumni from many areas of University life nominated Hendry for this award, saying she exceeds the expectations of the School of Management's teaching standards and inspires students across campus. Hendry also challenges students to reconsider their views of the world and inspires them to engage locally and globally, as she herself does through her teaching and scholarship. Hendry will give a talk during the next academic year as part of the award.
Two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence
Tim Raymond, associate professor of chemical engineering, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence. Raymond, a 1997 Bucknell alumnus, is known as someone who is enthusiastic, approachable and motivating who exemplifies the purpose of teaching engineering within a liberal arts context. With a teaching style called "prudently adventurous", he has experimented with multiple teaching techniques effectively, helping students learn, apply and feel ownership of the material.
T. Joel Wade, professor of psychology, received one of two Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence. Wade's teaching award nomination included 254 pages of letters from his faculty colleagues, students and alumni. In his 27 years at Bucknell, he has been a mentor to many students, including community college students who transferred to Bucknell to complete their four-year degrees. He has been described as a life-changing teacher who is passionate, challenging, rigorous, and nurturing.
Ned Ladd, professor of physics and astronomy, received the William P. Boger Jr. MD Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences. Honored as an exemplary teacher across all levels of his discipline in and out of the classroom, Ladd engages students in undergraduate research, explores new methods of teaching and invites the public to explore astronomy at events that blend art and science. As a teacher within the Residential Colleges, he helps first-year students experience a deep connection between academic and residential learning in their very first semester on campus.
Writing Across the Curriculum Award
Roger Rothman, the Samuel H. Kress Professor in Art History, received the inaugural Bucknell University Writing Across the Curriculum Award of Excellence. This new award was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bucknell's Writing Program and to honor faculty members who demonstrate exemplary work in the teaching of writing.
Rothman's work was described as a model of writing pedagogy, with his colleagues often basing their own work on samples of Rothman's work with students and his writing assignments. He has taught multiple courses using multiple strategies, but in all of these courses, he has students write to learn. Many of his students say their writing has dramatically improved because of his close attention and feedback.
Burma-Bucknell Bowl Award
In addition to the teaching awards presented during Commencement, the recipient of the Burma-Bucknell Bowl was recognized. This annual award recognizes University community members who have made outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding.
Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, was cited for bringing a variety of world-class performers to Bucknell and the surrounding community through events that regularly draw a wide range of campus and community members. She also encourages artists to interact with the local community and with students in the form of classroom visits, pre-show receptions or informal demonstrations.