Ten Professors Honored With Faculty Awards

Dartmouth Now

July 20, 2012

By Keith Chapman

Ten faculty members have been recognized for exceptional achievement in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring for 2012. Among the honors bestowed was the Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching, decided each year through a vote by members of the graduating senior class.

The awards are announced annually by the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

“The accomplishments of these professors, as teachers and as scholars, are inspiring to students and faculty alike,” says Michael Mastanduno, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “I am proud to call them my colleagues.”

Vicki May, associate professor of engineering

The Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching, chosen by a vote of the class of 2012

May’s research focuses on engineering education, inquiry-based learning, and seismic engineering. She is currently co-leading a program in which Dartmouth graduate students work with middle school teachers and students to develop lessons that cultivate interest in science, math, and engineering. She also works with the $300 House Project, a joint effort across departments—including Tuck School of Business, Studio Art, and the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science—to create affordable housing. May came to Dartmouth in 2005 and joined the full-time faculty at Thayer School of Engineering in 2010.

“Teaching has been my passion for many years, and I find teaching at Dartmouth to be very rewarding,” she says. “I’m amazed at Dartmouth students’ ability to tackle challenging projects and their level of intellectual curiosity and creativity.”

May looks to further her teaching by developing new strategies of instruction.

“Teaching, to me, is about the students, connecting with them in ways that encourage them to learn and grow. I enjoy experimenting with different teaching approaches and hope to continue to evolve as a teacher.”

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