UCLA Spotlight




Masters of their domain

  • Published Apr 19, 2010 8:00 AM

How do you win the UCLA Faculty Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award? Here's what the 2010 winners have to say about their classroom experience:

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Katsushi Arisaka

Katsushi Arisaka, physics and astronomy

“I believe that the most critical ingredient of a successful education is the personal relationship between a teacher and a student. I have learned over the years that once I establish a strong personal relationship with the students, they begin to learn by themselves.”

Interview in UCLA Today.

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Daniel Blumstein

Daniel Blumstein, ecology and evolutionary biology

"I want to learn with them. That's why I love what I do. I get to study the questions I want, and work with inspiring people. I get excited about what I'm talking about, and, if some of my enthusiasm engages others, that's good."

Interview in UCLA Today.

 

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John Caldwell

John Caldwell, film, television and digital media

“My best research was triggered by my experience in the classroom. That's where things get framed and reframed in an endless, challenging cycle — collectively."

Interview in UCLA Today.

 

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Albert Courey

Albert Courey, chemistry and biochemistry

“I want my students to love coming to class. No matter how many times I’ve taught a course, I carefully rethink it each time, searching for new ways to make the course material come alive.”

Interview in UCLA Today.

 

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Jerry Kang

Jerry Kang, law

“Students are most engaged when they are most challenged. If you sprinkle in humor, pedagogical transparency and a self-evident commitment to their learning, they will rise to the educational occasion.”

Interview in UCLA Today.

 

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Steven Reise

Steven Reise, psychology

"I try to make the material practically relevant. That's the key to connecting to students’ lives. I'm trying to make them realize how important the topics are to them."

Interview in UCLA Today.