Miami's most prestigious teaching award was presented at fall commencement Dec. 15. Anna Dollár (mechanical and manufacturing engineering) and Kathy McMahon-Klosterman (educational psychology) were named recipients of the E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award.
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 12th year it has been presented.
"Both are gifted and enthusiastic teachers who have exceptional reputations for their commitment to innovations in teaching," said President David Hodge in presenting the award. "In addition to fostering students' critical thinking skills, today's recipients have a strong interest in curriculum design and see teaching as an interactive, collaborative endeavor," he said.
Dollár, who came to Miami in 2000, has a teaching philosophy driven by a belief in the importance of active student participation and instant assessment of students' understanding of concepts with prompt feedback. She has received numerous awards for teaching and teaching scholarship, including the School of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004, the Illinois Institute of Technology Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 and the Barnett Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT's mechanical materials and aerospace engineering department in 1996.
McMahon-Klosterman began teaching at Miami in 1976. She believes education can be a medium for positive social change to benefit individuals and groups who are marginalized or excluded from full citizenship, and has recently developed and taught three courses for a new disability studies minor which she helped to create. She was named Outstanding Teacher and Advisor: School of Education and Allied Professions, 1989-1991, and an Associated Student Government Honored Professor, 2003 and 2006.