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Bauer Receives Knox Teaching Award

02/03/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- Steven Bauer, professor of English at Miami University, has been awarded the E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award.

The $3,000 award was established by Knox, a 1968 Miami graduate, to recognize creative, innovative and engaging teaching methods at the undergraduate level.

Bauer was named a College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator for 1993-94 at Miami. In 1991, he received the Outstanding Teaching Award from Associated Student Government

A member of Miami's faculty since 1982, Bauer has been director of the creative writing program since 1986.

In a letter notifying Bauer of the award, Provost Anne Hopkins noted the selection committee was impressed by his "evidence of teaching effectiveness, excellent student learning and scholarship of teaching."

His classes are characterized as student-centered and discussion-oriented.

"From the beginning I have tried actively to engage my students, to make them want to improve as thinkers and writers, to move and challenge them," wrote Bauer in describing his teaching.

"Perhaps most importantly I have tried to make them question their values, assumptions and motivations, and to suggest ways of being and thinking that implicate and involve them in the community and world in which they live."

Bauer is a writer of non-fiction and poetry. He received a bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a master's from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Criteria for the E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award includes undergraduate teaching that is creative and innovative, engages students with other learners, causes students to think critically and promotes understanding of contexts.

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