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Cottell, Sommers win Knox teaching award


Philip Cottell, professor of accountancy at Miami University, and Jeffrey Sommers, professor of English at Miami Middletown, were named recipients of the E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award at the university's Dec. 17 commencement.

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 the two for the honor.

This is the 10th year the award has been presented.

“Both are gifted and enthusiastic teachers who have exceptional reputations for their commitment to innovations in teaching,” said President Jim Garland in making the presentations. “In addition to fostering students’ critical thinking skills they each have a strong interest in curriculum design and see teaching as an interactive, collaborative endeavor.”

A member of Miami’s faculty since 1982, Cottell earned a bachelor’s degree at Washington and Lee University and a master’s and a doctorate at the University of Kentucky. He has written widely and made numerous presentations on cooperative learning and problem-based learning.

Sommers, who has been on the Miami Middletown faculty since 1981, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and master’s and doctorate from New York University. He is the co-author of several textbooks on college-level writing as well as numerous articles and book chapters, many on the use of portfolios in composition and literature courses.

Past winners of the Knox Award include Osama M. Ettouney, manufacturing engineering, 1995; Donald Kaufman, zoology, 1996; Steven Bauer, English, 1997; Glenn J. Platt, economics, 1998; Claire Boge, music, 1999; Joan Fopma-Loy, nursing, 2000; Kay Snavely, management, 2001; Timothy Melley, English, 2002; and Yildirim Dilek, geology, 2003.


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