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Steven Tuck and Rose Marie Ward receive 2012 Knox teaching award


Steven L. Tuck, associate professor of classics, and Rose Marie Ward, associate professor of kinesiology and health, received the 2012 E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award at Miami University's fall commencement Dec. 14

Established by Miami alumnus E. Philips Knox, a 1968 graduate, the award recognizes creative, innovative and engaging teaching methods at the undergraduate level. Miami’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment selected Tuck and Ward for the honor.

Typically, the Knox award is given to one faculty member, but the committee felt that both faculty members deserved the award and could not distinguish between a first and second place.

Steven Tuck
Steven Tuck
A member of Miami’s faculty since 2001, Steven Tuck teaches a variety of courses in the classics and art departments, from introductory levels to advanced senior seminars. Tuck’s mentorship extends beyond the classroom as well, through his engagement with students’ advanced projects and theses. Since 2006, Tuck has mentored and directed 31 student projects. He also facilitates experiential learning for his students by directing study abroad experiences in Italy and coordinating visits to the Ancient Sculpture Museum at Pyramid Hill in Hamilton.

Tuck says that his “teaching philosophy is simple: He tries to teach lessons for the people that his students will be after Miami.” His teaching emphasizes critical thinking and reflection on the cultures that came before ours as well as current society.

"Part of the reason that his courses are so wildly popular is the connection he is able to make between aspects of ancient culture accessible to students, despite their radical differences from the contemporary scene," wrote Steve Nimis, chair of classics. "In assessments of his assignments, I have been equally impressed by his commitment to improving the writing of our students through imaginative assignments, many of which he developed in connection with workshops on writing."

Rose Marie Ward
Rose Marie Ward
Rose Marie Ward began her Miami experience teaching in the psychology department in 2002. Since 2005, she has taught in the department of kinesiology and health, and continued to, in her words, “engage learners in the self-authorship of knowledge.” Ward has supervised more than 100 independent study projects as well as dozens of honors experiences, undergraduate research capstones and summer scholar projects. She assisted in developing the current health promotion major.

Students in Ward’s courses routinely contribute to “ambiguous” activities. She explained that she doesn’t simply give her students definitions to memorize. She gives them full access to resources, such as computers and textbooks, to find and defend their answers.

"Rose Marie is an innovative professor, who embraces technology, while having a firm belief and
practice in the importance of face-to-face mentoring," wrote Helaine Alessio, professor and chair, department of kinesiology and health. "Students get the best of both worlds with Rose Marie - the traditional professor who comes to work five days a week and works tirelessly with students as well as the modern professor, who is adept at the latest in teaching and research
technology and can stay in touch via numerous platforms and services over the Internet."


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