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Teaching Excellence Rewarded

Eight Professors Recognized for Teaching Excellence

UCR stresses the importance of engaging teaching

(June 19, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Eight professors at the University of California, Riverside were recognized during weekend commencement ceremonies for their exceptional teaching skills.

Professor Thomas Perring of the Department of Entomology and Assistant Professor Michael Erickson of the Department of Psychology earned the 2006 UCR Teaching Innovation Award.

Also, six new members were inducted into UCR’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. Members must demonstrate sustained excellence and commitment to teaching in and out of the classroom. Those chosen were: Professor Richard Cardullo, biology; Distinguished Professor Robin DiMatteo, psychology; Professors Neal Schiller and Ameae Walker, biomedical Sciences; Professor Yenna Wu, comparative literature; and Professor Marylynn Yates, environmental sciences.

The committee selecting the winners included all of the founding members of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching: Distinguished Professor William Jury; University Professor Emory Elliott; Professor Francoise Forster-Hahn; and Professor Eugene Nothnagel.

“It is appropriate that we recognize some of the outstanding faculty who have educated and inspired our students,” said Chancellor France A. Córdova. “Our congratulations and thanks go each of these highly deserving individuals, who make important contributions to our teaching mission.”

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