Academy of Distinguished Teaching Honors Outstanding Faculty

By Christine Kitano, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

Professor Francoise Forster-Hahn

In March of this year, Chancellor Cordova and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ellen Wartella announced the appointment of four professors to serve as the inaugural members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Two of the four selected professors, Professor of Art History Francoise Forster-Hahn and Distinguished Professor of English Emory Elliott, are from CHASS. As inaugural members, Professors Forster-Hahn and Elliott were charged with appointing the remaining six members to the Academy and with the selection of the 2006 UCR Teaching Innovation Award recipients. The appointees and award recipients were announced at this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Professor Emory Elliott

For the 2006-2007 school year, the newest CHASS appointees to the Academy of Distinguished Teaching are Distinguished Professor of Psychology Robin DiMatteo and Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages Yenna Wu. Professors DiMatteo and Wu were selected based on key criteria. First, all appointees must show a sustained excellence in teaching, with demonstrated commitment to teaching both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, all appointees must be previous recipients of the UCR Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award (or have shown equivalent evidence of teaching excellence).

The Academy also chooses two professors to receive the 2006 UCR Teaching Innovation Award. Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Erickson and Professor of Entomology Thomas Perring were selected unanimously for their exceptional efforts and achievements in teaching innovation. Both professors were also among the honored at the commencement ceremonies.


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