University honors two top teachers.
The University of Oregon recognized two of its top teachers Thursday, presenting them with crystal apples - symbols of teaching excellence.
Deborah Bauer, instructor of finance at the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, and Joshua Roering, assistant professor of geological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, each received a 2005 Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award recognizes excellence in teaching by faculty members early in their teaching careers.
Winners of the Ersted Award, chosen on the recommendation of faculty members and students, receive a $2,000 annual stipend added to their base salaries. Recipients also get a crystal apple.
University President Dave Frohnmayer dropped in on the winners' classes to make a surprise delivery of the crystal apples.
"The faculty members who win our Ersted Awards set the standards for our future. They exemplify our commitment to extraordinary teaching. Deborah Bauer and Joshua Roering are absolutely dedicated to their students, their scholarship, and their calling as teachers. I am proud to be their colleague," Frohnmayer said in a press release.
Roering was recognized for his eclectic and innovative teaching style.
He conducts laboratory demonstrations in class, shows his extensive collection of geological images in a Power Point presentation and incorporates local news stories into a class presentation.
Bauer was lauded for her competence in the teaching of the complex coursework in financial management and economic industry analysis. Her students nominated her for meticulous class presentations, her ability to engage students and her enthusiasm.