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Dilek earns Knox Teaching Award


Yildirim Dilek, professor of geology at Miami University, was awarded the E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award at the university's fall commencement Dec. 19.

The $3,000 award was established by E. Phillips Knox (Miami ’68) to recognize creative, innovative and engaging teaching methods at the undergraduate level. Miami’s committee on the enhancement of learning and teaching selected Dilek for the honor.

This is the ninth year that the award has been presented.

“This year’s recipient, like those in the past, is a gifted and enthusiastic teacher who has an exceptional reputation for his commitment to innovations in teaching,” said Miami President James C. Garland, who presented the award.

Dilek develops and teaches courses that involve “international perspectives, interdisciplinary activity and experimental learning so that students have a contemporary knowledge base and skills as well as opportunities to educate themselves as informed citizens.”

He has served for three years on Miami’s Liberal Education Council, co-authored several articles in pedagogical journals and been recognized nationally for his service by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

In 2002 Dilek received the College of Arts and Science’s Distinguished Educator Award for his inquiry-based approach to teaching undergraduates and Miami’s Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of his research and scholarly activities.

Dilek joined Miami’s faculty in 1996.


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