SILS names 2008/2009 Outstanding Teachers

Release date: 
May 27, 2009

Two faculty members from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) received the 2009 Outstanding Teacher Awards, which were presented during the School’s commencement ceremony on May 10, 2009. 

Dr. Gary Marchionini, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor, and Dr. Evelyn Daniel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, were nominated by their students for their teaching excellence.

photo of Gary Marchionini and Deborah BarreauThe Outstanding Teacher Award was presented to Dr. Marchionini by Dr. Deborah Barreau, associate professor and recipient of last years’ award.

“As his nomination letter states, he is someone who successfully juggles multiple roles in his professional life yet always takes time for his students," said Barreau. "His inbox is always overflowing, but he manages to respond to every inquiry and no question is too small. He designs innovative courses and provides new technologies to experiment with and explore. His trust in your process and ability makes you want to exceed his expectations. His nominator says that 'his classes have been bright spots in my time at SILS.'”

Marchionini specializes in information seeking in electronic environments, human-computer interaction, digital libraries, information design and information policy.  He has recently taught courses on "Issues in Digital Video Retrieval" and "Human Information Interactions." He earned a B.A. from Western Michigan University, and a master's in education and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University.

photo of Dr. Evelyn Daniel and Tommy NixonThis year’s Outstanding Teacher Award for adjunct faculty was awarded to Dr. Evelyn Daniel.  Dr. Daniel officially retired June 2008, but stepped in to serve as associate dean for academic affairs for the School on July 1, 2008.

"Her students describe her as a teacher who keeps them motivated and interested, that she considers each individual learner and how they can best succeed,” said Tommy Nixon, recipient of the 2008 award for adjunct faculty. "Words such as, professional and innovative, a mentor and friend, one who is always there to help, have aptly been used to describe her. Her nominator says that she leads by example and personal integrity, and there is no finer example of this high standard of excellence, personal and professional that this person."

Daniel was previously the dean of SILS from 1985 to 1990. Throughout her years of teaching, she has taught courses on basic management, marketing, knowledge management, strategic planning, grant writing, information brokering, competitive intelligence and financial management.

The Outstanding Teacher awards include a framed certificate and a monetary award. Current and previous winners may be viewed here.