Dyer receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Robert Dyer awarded Excellence in Teaching AwardSeven members of the University of Delaware faculty have been recognized for noteworthy performance in teaching and advising, and two graduate students have received awards for excellence in teaching. 

The Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring awards were presented at the May 5 meeting of the Faculty Senate. 

Based primarily on nominations from current and past students, faculty excellence awards recognize teachers whose courses are viewed as being thought-provoking, intellectually demanding, related to other fields and touching on contemporary issues and student experiences.

Awardees receive $5,000, have their portraits hung in the Morris Library for five years and have a brick inscribed with their name installed in Mentors’ Circle.

This year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented to:

  • Dana S. Chatellier, education specialist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences; 
  • Iris Busch, assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, assistant professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Robert M. Dyer, associate professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and
  • Debra Gassner Dragone, instructor in the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.

When it comes to teaching and what he hopes for his students, Dyer said, “My long-term goal is to have students leave the University with a real love to learn and courage to explore. The objective is to create an unquenchable thirst for new knowledge within each student. When students thank me for what we have done here at Delaware, I simply tell them what my instructors told me — pass on the favor to some young, upcoming student who needs a helping hand.”

To read about the other award winners, check out the full article on UDaily.