MU professors recognized for teaching skills

Annual Faculty Recognition Awards praises 3 MU professors for excellence.
Friday, December 3, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:46 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

Three MU faculty members were honored with the title of distinguished teaching professor at the annual Faculty Recognition Awards in November.

Chandrasekhar, professor of physics, created hands-on physics program

Meera Chandrasekhar was named a distinguished teaching professor of physics. Chandrasekhar’s research interests are in optical spectroscopy of semiconductors, superconductors and conjugated polymers.

She also developed a hands-on physics programs for grades five through 12, summer institutes for K-12 teachers and a new hands-on physics class for elementary education majors.

Markie rewarded for excellence in philosophy

Peter J. Markie was named a distinguished teaching professor of philosophy. Markie’s main areas of research are ethics and epistemology.

Papick displays excellence as mathematic professor

Ira Papick was named distinguished teaching professor of mathematics. Papick teaches a course in abstract algebra for future high school mathematics teachers and is also a co-facilitator for a math and science freshman interest group. His research areas are commutative algebra and mathematics education. He has completed a textbook for future middle-grade mathematics teachers, “Algebra Connections,” that will be published in 2005.

The professors are chosen because they are considered a resource for activities such as giving lectures on other campuses, assisting in improving the quality of teaching and engaging in teaching across divisional lines. Each professor receives an annual stipend to support professional activities.

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