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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
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."
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."