Professor Gary Baker Awarded for Teaching Excellence
At Denison’s Academic Awards Convocation on April 20, 2018, Professor Gary Baker was recognized for teaching excellence.
In announcing his award, Provost Kim Coplin noted: “Today we recognize a colleague who is always looking for new ways to inspire his students to discover the same love of learning, language, research, and social responsibility that he has.
“Whether he is teaching language proficiency, literary studies, or International Studies, he constantly revises teaching materials and experiments with new technologies and pedagogies to find the best ways to engage students at all levels.
“He creates an active and collaborative learning environment in his classes that is demanding, supportive, and student-centered. He has presented innovative approaches to language pedagogy in conferences, and he collaborates with colleagues across disciplines at Denison to create unique assignments for students. Over the years, he has helped many students succeed in competing for fellowships and scholarships.”
The Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award was established by the Brickman family to recognize a faculty member who is a master of the craft – a teacher who is a model of dedication to students and to student learning. Recipients have demonstrated a vibrant interest in the learning process as well as an understanding of teaching as a continuously evolving art form. In short, the recipient should be someone who embraces the teaching and mentoring of students not just as a profession, but as a calling.