Archambault Teaching Award
The Reginald D. Archambault Award for Teaching Excellencerecognizes, rewards, and promotes excellence in teaching in the Brown University summer programs. The award is named in recognition of Reginald D. Archambault, Professor of Education emeritus, and the inaugural Dean of Summer Studies, 1984 - 1992. Professor Archambault served as Chair of Brown’s Education Department from 1967 through the early eighties, contributing greatly to the M.A.T. program and developing the Brown Summer High School as a teaching laboratory. He remains dedicated to advancing the craft of pedagogy.
Award recipients are selected based on their ability to influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. Our most outstanding instructors employ a variety of creative and innovative inquiry-based teaching activities that challenge the students to reflect deeply and learn effectively. They have clear goals for what they want their students to be able to do upon completion of the course, and they periodically assess whether their students actually understood the material and learned the desired skills. They also create a safe yet challenging environment where students can flourish and where learning is fun and exciting.
2013 Archambault Teaching Award Winners Announced
This year we had another exceptionally strong pool of candidates who brought enthusiasm, professionalism and innovation to their classes, and provoked outstanding reviews from their students. The award recipients are:
1st prize: Lauren Quattrochi & Michelle Fogerson for "Drug Discovery: Treating Human Disease through Medicine"
This inspiring and thought provoking class stood out in that it covered an impressive amount material, yet the students were amazingly attentive, were asking deep questions, and were sincerely interested in learning as much as they could possibly absorb. Although the students were challenged considerably, learning appeared to remain fun and enjoyable.
2nd prize: Arseny Khakhalin for "The Secret Life of the Brain: From Shrimps to Humans"
This class was exceptionally well organized and prepared, included an accessible on-line component, and incorporated numerous interesting hands-on experiments. The curriculum and the teaching were very innovative. The class started with basic neurobiology, and gradually and effectively, built up to include complex concepts typically found in graduate level courses.
Oddny Helgadottir for "The World in Turmoil"
This creative and engaging politics and economics course incorporated a lively mixture of lectures, discussions (face-to-face and on-line), games, debates, and documentary films. Students clearly enjoyed the active collaboration with each other as the instructor challenged them to elucidate questions, think critically, and reflect deeply and meaningfully on polarizing and controversial political issues.
Alexandra King for "The Meaning of Life" and “Ethics: Theory & Practice”
The classes had very well developed syllabi and carefully constructed activities that skillfully engaged the students. The teaching style was flexible and adaptive, as well as fluid and responsive to students’ questions. The classes were highly interactive and centered on the learner. The material was delivered in a clear and concise manner. The discussions were particularly rich and meaningful to the students, who obviously enjoyed the class.
Past Award Recipients
1st prize: Maureen Estevez & Jordan Renna for "Neuroscience in Health & Disease"
Maureen and Jordan’s class stood out as inquiry-based teaching at its best. Students were quizzed frequently and critically reflected on their learning. The instructors asked for anonymous student evaluations regularly and made sure to integrate feedback into their class. Maureen and Jordan also created an extraordinary course pack with clear learning goals and leading questions, resulting in a course that significantly advanced student learning.
2nd prize: James Joy & Timothy Raben for "The Quantum Revolution in Technology"
Tim and James did an exemplary job of team teaching. They took turns in class, complementing each other’s teaching style, while challenging and inspiring their students. Their lessons were carefully planned out, yet there was room for spontaneous discussion and problem solving in the classroom. Most remarkably, they made the difficult topic of quantum mechanics accessible to high school students.
Minh Ly for "Global Justice and International Politics"
Minh guided discussion sessions in ways that created genuine excitement and active participation in the classroom. Indeed, his skill in eliciting participation reached every student in his class. His approachable classroom presence inspired terrifically positive student evaluations.
Tania Jenkins for "Sociology of Diagnosis"
Tania made use of a variety of very effective instructional techniques. In leading discussions, she was particularly adept in taking student comments and turning them back to the students in ways that inspired them to keep thinking, and to think more deeply. At the same time, she created a safe and comfortable atmosphere where students were challenged to reflect, and felt free to openly express differing opinions.
Jacqueline Anderson for "Number Theory"
Jacqueline’s innovative and creative course included classroom problem solving in ways that made the process highly interactive. Her teaching brought her subject to life, inspired students to share her joy and excitement in mathematics and to work well above and beyond what was required.
Jordan M. Braciszewski
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioral & Social Sciences, Dept. of Public Health
“Community Psychology: Making a Difference in the Real World”
Graduate Student in Philosophy, for “To be Human: Minds, Robots, Clones and Zombies”
Graduate Student in English, for “Putting Ideas into Words”
Graduate Student, Bio-Med
“Nature and Nurture: Genes and Environment in Human Biology”
School of Engineering for “Exploring the Interface of Nanotechnology and Biology”
Department of English for “Putting Ideas into Words”
Italian Studies for “Intensive Italian for Beginners”
School of Engineering for “Do you want to be an Engineer?”