Four Marquette faculty members will be recognized at the Père Marquette Dinner, Thursday, May 5, with the university’s highest teaching honor. The 2016 Teaching Excellence Award winners are Dr. Dennis Brylow, associate professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science; Dr. Paul Gasser, associate professor of biomedical sciences; Dr. Amy Van Hecke, associate professor of psychology; and Cindy Gruber, instructor of accounting.
Brylow joined the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences in 2005. Since then, he has taught courses across the undergraduate curriculum, with an emphasis on team projects that connect the principles of computer science with the practice of software engineering.
Gasser, who joined Marquette in 2007 after completing post-doctoral training at the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience & Endocrinology at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, has already been recognized for his teaching excellence by his peers—he was a 2011 recipient of the Edward Carroll Teaching Award from the College of Health Sciences.
A developmental psychologist, Van Hecke is an associate professor of psychology in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the director of the Marquette Autism Clinic and PEERS Project. She teaches child development at the graduate and undergraduate levels, statistics at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and a cross-disciplinary, team-taught course on autism at the undergraduate level.
Gruber, who spent several years working in both public and private accounting, joined Marquette University in 2000 after earning her MBA. She teaches financial and managerial accounting, as well as income tax courses, in the College of Business Administration. A CPA since 1991, she also teaches courses for PricewaterhouseCoopers, which she has been doing since 2010.
Marquette’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award was established to recognize one faculty member and one staff member who demonstrate exemplary leadership and has shown an ability to put the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion into practical action. The inaugural Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award winners are Dr. Cheryl Maranto, chair and associate professor of management (faculty), and Paul Milakovich, associate vice president for advancement services (staff).
Since coming to Marquette in 1989, Maranto has been a leader in raising awareness and advocating for change through her wide range of service on committees and task forces. Most recently, she co-chaired the Campus Climate Survey Committee, playing a leading role in data collection, facilitating feedback sessions and ultimately moving the university toward action.
Given his work as a strong advocate on issues of diversity and inclusion on campus, especially within the LGBT community, Milakovich is a worthy recipient of the inaugural award. He joined Marquette in 2008. In April 2015, he was asked to serve on the President’s Task Force on Equity and Inclusion.
In-depth profiles on the winners will be shared this spring.