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Georgetown Honors Faculty Members For Excellence

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Janaury 29, 2010 – Georgetown College recognized three faculty members in the departments of physics, sociology and performing arts as winners of the 2009 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Interim College Dean Chester Gillis announced the winners at the Jan. 28 Faculty College Convocation. Edward Van Keuren, Timothy Wickham-Crowley and Susan Lynskey each received a medal and citation honoring their committment as high qu teachers.

Nominations came from different departments within Georgetown College, and a committee of past award-winners selected the new recipients.

Making Physics Accessible

Van Keuren, chair and associate professor of physics, won for encouraging his students to achieve a sense of ownership of their work and accomplishment in the often challenging world of physics.

“By devising a complete laboratory curriculum and a Web-based reference on optics, Professor Van Keuren has enabled students to see concretely abstract ideas, develop new learning material and experience firsthand how research science is carried out,” Jim Freericks, professor of physics, read from the honoree’s citation.

The physics professor, who joined Georgetown in 1999, received his bachelor’s in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and his master’s and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Challenging His Students

For more than two decades, Wickham-Crowley, associate professor of sociology has taught an array of classes, developing a new course for nearly each of his years at the Hilltop.

“Without the benefit of teaching assistants and never cutting corners on intellectual rigor, Professor Wickham-Crowley has taught large classes as well as smaller ones year in and year out,” Sam Marullo, professor and chair of sociology, read from the citation honoring Wickham-Crowley. “His classrooms are always filled with eager students who know they will always be challenged by difficult readings, stimulating lectures and scrupulous assignments.”

The sociology professor received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Princeton University and his master’s and Ph.D. from Cornell University before joining Georgetown in 1986.

Expanding Quality

Lynskey, a visiting assistant professor of theater, has played a significant role in the recent growth of performing arts on campus.

“Thanks in large part to her vision and generosity, our community has never felt so expansive in its quality, range and ambition and so cohesive in its commitment to collaboration and excellence,” Derek Goldman, director of the theater and performance studies program, read from her citation.

The theater professor holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal and a master’s in fine arts from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

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