CLAS Announces 2011 Collegiate Teaching Award Recipients
CLAS Dean Linda Maxson has announced the recipients of this year’s CLAS Collegiate Teaching Awards. The recipients were chosen by the College’s Teaching Awards Committee from nominations by students and colleagues.
“These awards are the highest recognition the College gives to faculty for their teaching,” said Dean Maxson. “Their teaching role includes the ways in which they mentor students, innovate in our course offerings, and involve students in research, as well as their hard work and achievements in classroom instruction. I am very pleased to be able to honor the commitment of our Collegiate Teaching Award winners to the College’s academic mission.”
Jane Gilotti, associate professor of Geoscience, teaches courses in structural geology and field methods. She prizes active learning and maintains a research program that establishes connections with organizations around the world to provide fieldwork opportunities for student majors. As the head of her department’s Undergraduate Committee, she revised the Geoscience core curriculum to be more easily completed in four years and to include more learning opportunities for students, which, in addition to her redesign of the field geology training program, has greatly increased the number of undergraduate majors. Students routinely rate her an excellent teacher who sets high standards and “inspire[s] [them] to learn more.” She recently completed a semester-long internship at ExxonMobil Exploration Co. and has worked in government, museums, and industry.