The Georgen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which recognize faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the undergraduate experience at UR, were formally presented on Friday, Oct. 12.
The University recognized this year’s winners, who were chosen from among the College’s 300-plus faculty members, during a luncheon and award ceremony. Chosen for their passion for learning and their ability to inspire the same enthusiasm in students, Mark Bocko, Alison Frontier and Richard Kaeuper are this year’s recipients.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Mark Bocko has worked at the University for over 30 years. He has taught classes on solid-state devices, microwaves, nonlinear dynamics, circuits and engineering design.
“It’s extremely rewarding to be recognized with the Goergen Teaching Award,” Bocko said. “It was a nice opportunity to pause and reflect on why I love teaching and to come together with former students and colleagues to express my own gratitude for the great students and colleagues that I’ve been lucky to have at UR.”
Bocko has also won four other teaching awards at UR, which include the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Professor of the Year from the University’s Students’ Association Senate and the Graduate Dean’s Award for Meritorious Service in Ph.D. Education.
History Professor Richard Kaeuper has been at the University since 1969. As an erudite on western Europe, Kaeuper focuses specifically on the medieval ages. In addition to teaching at the University, Kaeuper has also published several books. He said that it was “a great honor” to receive the Goergen award this year. He also noted that it is “vastly encouraging to be teaching a lifetime and have it be supported and rewarded by the University.”
In addition to the Goergen award, Kaeuper is a two-time recipient of the UR Students’ Association’s Award for Teaching Excellence (1986, 1999) and a recipient of the Edward Peck Curtis Teaching Award in 1990.
Chemistry Professor Alison Frontier has been at UR since 2002. She has earned grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation for her various research endeavors, and has also published multiple articles in various journals. When asked about why Frontier was a deserving recipient of this award, faculty members said that it is a result of her dedication and contribution to undergraduate education in large part because of her ability to engage students in the classroom.
Teitelman is a member of the class of 2016.