Celebrating excellence in teaching and advising

The College of Science celebrated its 2017 Winter Teaching and Advising Awards with faculty, advisors and students on February 27, which recognized excellence in teaching and advising, both hallmarks of our College. We are deeply committed to the success of all our people—faculty, advisors, staff and of course, our students. We want everyone in our OneScience community to thrive, not just survive.

Enjoy the photos from the event below.

Dean Sastry Pantula welcomed everyone and Associate Dean Staci Simonich emceed the event. Guests included Interim Provost Ron Adams, who was presented with a special award acknowledging his service and dedication to the College and to OSU and to representatives from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a year-round resource offering professional development courses as well as individual consultations for faculty.

CTL advances excellence in teaching at OSU and beyond by providing a forum for discussion and hands-on activities supporting evidence-based methods and practices. The Center helps faculty who want to transform their curriculum, transcend traditional academic boundaries, incorporate more experiential learning, innovate with a hybrid or “flipped” classroom, or simply polish what’s already working well.

Watch this video to hear science faculty discuss how a professional learning community with CTL impacted their teaching.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and award winners! They exemplify deep commitment, skill, effectiveness and impact in teaching and advising, which helps build strong leaders in science. They are truly transforming lives.

2017 Award Winners

Olaf Boedtker Award for Excellence in Academic Advising

Nominees: Brock McLeod, Integrative Biology; Geneva Anderson, Microbiology; Elise Lockwood, Math; Sandra Loesgen, Chemistry

Winner: Kari van Zee, Biochemistry and Biophysics

Instructor and advisor Kari van Zee is dedicated to preparing undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of careers in the life sciences and for life-long learning in STEM. She has also been heavily involved in outreach to Oregon high school students  and teachers and is Program Coordinator of STEPs (Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships).

Loyd F. Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in Science, Undergraduate

Nominees: Viviana Perez, Biochemistry and Biophysics; Bob Mason, Integrative Biology; Lindsey Biga, Microbiology and Biohealth Sciences; David Koslicki, Mathematics

Winner:  Juliann Moore, Statistics

Instructor Juliann Moore fell in love with statistics as a psychology undergraduate at Oregon State after taking upperlevel statistics courses with Jeff Kollath, and went on to pursue an M.S. in Statistics, graduating in 2011. While a graduate student, she worked as a teaching assistant and fell in love a second time, with teaching! Now in her dream job, Juliann has enjoyed being involved in iteratively improving statistics classes, particularly statistics 201. The improvements have had a positive impact on student grades, reducing the DFW rate (the rate at which students receive D-grades, F-grades or Withdrawals) by 14%.

Loyd F. Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in Science, Graduate

Nominees: Lindsay Biga, Integrative Biology; Sean Burrow, Chemistry; David Hendrix, Biochemistry and Biophysics

Winner: Sarah Emerson, Statistics

Associate Professor Sarah Emerson is a highly dedicated and effective teacher who has thrice received the Outstanding Teaching Award for “Significant Contribution the Educational Experience of Statistics Students” from the department’s students. She has been closely involved with developing the curriculum and the course contents for the department’s newly launched master’s program in Data Analytics.

Fred Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching Science

Winner: Bill Bogley, Mathematics

Professor Bill Bogley is an inspirational teacher who learned early on to drop his formal lecture notes and become a “participant” in the class, working Socratically from a few written objectives and responding spontaneously from there to students’ reactions and questions. This interactive style of teaching helped his students “become the kind of thinkers who can work on a problem while they are walking across the quad or eating breakfast – consciously or unconsciously.” Bogley is also a very early online ed-preneur, who in 1996 with co-author Robby Robson, developed what is arguably the world’s first complete web-based course in differential calculus, the basis for OSU’s online course until 2010.

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