2013 Faculty award recipients

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Elizabeth Vandiver

G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship
Clement Biddle Penrose Associate Professor of Latin and Classics Elizabeth Vandiver was recognized for her engaging and dynamic teaching style and for inspiring students. In nominating her, a current student said, “her ability to bring ancient texts into startling relevance within the classroom is what inspires students to declare a classics major.”

 
Bruce Magnusson

Bruce Magnusson

George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising
Associate Professor of Politics Bruce Magnusson’s reputation precedes him. Students go out of their way to land him as their adviser. A colleague who nominated him said, “It’s astounding how he can appear not to be busy when he has so much on his plate, a quality that makes students comfortable and that allows them to open up …”

 
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Nicole Simek

Thomas D. Howells Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures (French) and Interdisciplinary Studies Nicole Simek was nominated by a colleague who said, “I am impressed by, and perhaps a little jealous of, her facility, but more often inspired …” A student said she “inspired us to think more deeply about our ideas and the ideas of others.”

 
Matt Prull

Matthew William Prull

Robert Y. Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology Matthew Prull was nominated by a colleague who said, “Matt is one of the most beloved teachers in the psychology department. I have observed Matt’s teaching first-hand many times over the years, and every time, I come away with the same conclusion: Matt is the best lecturer I have ever seen.”

 
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Albert E. Schueller

A.E. Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching
Associate Professor of Mathematics Albert Schueller is committed to innovation in the classroom. “As a testament to the effectiveness of his presentations,” a colleague said, “he had a student this fall who, due to illness, spent most of the semester away from Whitman, and only had videos from which to work. That student was among the top performers in the class, earning an A.”

 
Clare Carson

Clare Carson

Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring
“Clare is a gifted mentor and adviser,” said a colleague who nominated Clare Carson, associate dean of students: academic support services. Other nominators said she “has a listening ear and a rational solution and is a calm force in the world” and she is “an advising guru, because she understands what it takes to get through Whitman College successfully.”