Bix, Newell, Rizo recognized with Outstanding Achievement in Teaching award

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Amy Bix, Professor, Department of History, Jay Newell, Associate Professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, and Elisa Rizo, Associate Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures have each received 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Teaching awards.

They will be recognized at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Recognizes faculty members for outstanding teaching performances over an extended period of time in undergraduate education:

•   Amy Bix, Professor, Department of History. Bix is an internationally acclaimed expert in the history of technology, engineering education, and women’s involvement in scientific and technological fields. She is the author of two research monographs, Inventing Ourselves Out of Jobs?: America’s Debate over Technological Unemployment and “Girls Coming to Tech!”: A History of American Engineering Education for Women, and over 20 scholarly articles and a book chapter. Her teaching ranges from the history of science and technology to women’s and gender studies to American popular culture. She excels at all levels, from introductory to advanced undergraduate to graduate instruction and mentoring.

•   Jay Newell, Associate Professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Newell is a talented and accomplished teacher. He views teaching not as the transfer of facts, but as the communication of ethics, approaches and passions from one generation to the next. Toward that end, Newell develops courses and curriculum that are rigorous and engaging while being grounded in applicable information related to advertising. He is an expert at assessment and continually improves his classes. The techniques he has developed as a teacher have been promoted by the American Academy of Advertising and are adopted throughout the advertising education community.

•   Elisa Rizo, Associate Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures. Since 2007, Rizo has distinguished herself as an exemplary teacher of Spanish language, as well as Latin America literatures, civilizations, and cultures. Her teaching portfolio includes 11 meticulously designed or re-designed unique new courses, several pioneering online offerings, and remarkably high evaluation averages: 4.65 for overall rating of instructor and 4.25 for overall rating of the course (with several superlative 5’s). An internationally recognized scholar with a research agenda focused on Latin America and Hispanophone Africa, Rizo infuses her teaching with diverse perspectives on the development of major historical and socio-political events that have shaped the contemporary world. 

See all 2015 faculty and staff awards.