Four Marquette faculty members were recognized tonight with the university’s highest teaching honor. Teaching Excellence Awards were presented at the annual Père Marquette Dinner, emceed by Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor of exercise science in the College of Health Sciences and a 2014 Teaching Excellence Award winner.
Dr. Philip Voglewede, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Opus College of Engineering; Dr. Andrew Starsky, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, College of Health Sciences; and Diane Dressler, clinical assistant professor, College of Nursing; received the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Kristen Foster, associate professor of history, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, received the Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Philip Voglewede’s extraordinarily high course evaluation scores reflect his student’s appreciation of his commitment to teaching excellence. While Voglewede, associate professor of mechanical engineering, continually pushes his students academically, he remains sensitive to their needs and skill level. “We have to encourage students to not just fill in a blank, but to understand and communicate in words,” Voglewede said.
Dr. Andrew Starsky, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, educates students across three different degree programs in the Department of Physical Therapy, many of which are the core classes that bring the program its high national reputation. Starsky earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in physical therapy and a doctorate in biomedical engineering – all from Marquette. His academic training combined with his clinical experiences allow him to break down complex ideas for students in ways that make learning engaging. “I’m very humbled by this award,” Starsky said. “It’s important that we teach our students to be humbled by what a broad amount of knowledge there is to achieve.”
Diane Dressler, clinical assistant professor of nursing, was an early adopter of simulation technology and after educating future nurses for more than 16 years, she continues to use this innovative teaching strategy to help students gain knowledge and hands-on practice. Dressler is equally supportive when it comes to mentoring, counseling and guiding new faculty members in the College of Nursing. “It’s such a privilege to be part of the education of our students who will go out into the world to create the health care systems of the future,” Dressler said.
Dr. Kristen Foster, associate professor of history, is said to have cura personalis in her DNA. As a mentor and noted role model, Foster counsels students to discern a path for their life’s work that they may not have previously considered. Her enthusiasm for the subject not only sparks student’s interest in the topic but has inspired many to pursue careers in history. “I’ve been mentored by many great teachers and some who were exceptional, but I like to think my father passed along his love of teaching to me,” Foster said.
On this evening reserved for recognizing the accomplishments of faculty teacher-scholars, President Michael R. Lovell began by thanking Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing, for shepherding the university with elegance and grace while serving dual roles. Lovell continued by thanking faculty members for their inspiration and commitment to the university and its students. “Marquette faculty not only help students to learn in the classroom, but help transform students’ lives,” said Lovell. He closed with a challenge: “Go out and tell the stories of the great things your colleagues are doing. Keep the word going.”