Brickman Teaching Awards
The Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award is given each year to a faculty member who is a master craftsman in the profession – one who is a model of dedication to students and to student learning. The recipient must have demonstrated a vibrant interest in the learning process, as well as an understanding of teaching as a continuously evolving art form.
Catherine Dollard, professor of history
In presenting the award to Dollard, Provost Kim Coplin said, “Cathy is well known at Denison for her attention to her student’s learning and her love of the liberal arts. A product of an undergraduate liberal arts education, she has taken great care in making sure that her teaching utilizes an interdisciplinary approach. Cathy brings references to her students on all aspects of her subject matter so they can investigate topics further from the economic, political, scientific, artistic and other points of view. Students often comment, not only on how much they learn in her classes, but on the many opportunities for critical analysis and dialogue offered in the class. Cathy also reflects a high standard of committed service to the college, having served with distinction in all parts of the faculty governance system.”
Nestor Matthews, professor of psychology
Describing Matthews, Provost Kim Coplin said, “Nestor is known for his enthusiasm for teaching, advising and scientific research. He is a popular teacher and his students often comment on his challenging and engaging style in the classroom. Nestor’s students appreciate his excitement about the class material and are grateful for his energy in encouraging discussion of challenging concepts. Always a scientist, his constant pursuit of better teaching methods led to a novel use of video in his teaching process which has since expanded to other departments. The high value and importance that Nestor places on scientific research is evident not only in his own extensively cited research, but also with the time he has given to advising students both formally and informally via summer and senior research projects.”