The College of Science celebrated its 2020 Winter Teaching and Advising Awards with faculty, advisors and students on February 13 to recognize exceptional teaching and advising, both areas of distinction in the College. Committed and effective teaching, advising and mentorship are at the very heart of the College of Science’s identity as a robust and thriving community of students and scholars.
The awards ceremony included an engaging presentation by the Learning Assistants program, which puts high-achieving undergraduate assistants in large enrollment, often first-and second-year STEM classrooms to facilitate and strengthen undergraduate learning. Over the past five years, the LA program in the College of Science has reduced the drop-fail-withdrawal (DFW) rate in several key courses by half, and has now become a model for other colleges in the university.
“Our faculty are not only leaders here at OSU, but also across the nation and around the world. We celebrate our award recipients today for the incredible difference they have made in students’ lives,” said Dean Roy Haggerty, emcee for the ceremony, in his opening remarks.
Dean Haggerty recognized two faculty members at the beginning of the ceremony. Virginia Weis, Head of the Department of Integrative Biology and OSU Distinguished Professor, was named the new Dr. Russ and Dolores Gorman Faculty Scholar. The three-year rotating award recognizes faculty who bring distinction to the College of Science, connect with industry, and have a strong record of innovative research with practical impact. He also announced Elisar Barbar as the new head of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and thanked Andy Karplus for his service as department head from 2007 to 2011, and then again from 2015 to January 2020.
Congratulations to all the nominees and especially to the award winners. The award recipients exemplify deep commitment, skill and effectiveness in mentoring and advising to ensure student learning and success within and beyond the classroom.