Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, associate dean of Academic Affairs, presented the Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence to Dr. Stephanie Haas, professor, and to Rebecca Vargha, SILS librarian and adjunct instructor, during the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science 2012 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13th.
"The person selected for the award has been called dedicated and a most giving and capable mentor, always prepared, but when the classroom inquiry diverges from her prepared materials, she follows the trail," said Wildemuth while describing points made from the nomination letters from Dr. Haas' students. "She is credited with having a unique ability to blend encouragement and intellectual nurturing with a results orientation and incisive editing of ideas. She listens, and thinks about what her students bring into the classroom, responding creatively to each scenario."
Dr. Wildemuth then presented the award for part-time teaching to Rebecca Vargha.
"Today’s recipient has an incredible ability to create a welcoming classroom environment," said Wildemuth. "This person fosters discussion, fields questions, brings in interesting guest speakers and makes the most of time spent in the classroom. She has been described as, 'thoughtful, responsive and always concerned about her students and their ability to learn the material presented.'"
The SILS Outstanding Teaching Award was established in 1995 by then Chancellor Paul Hardin and Dean Barbara Moran. In February 2012, the award was renamed the Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence in memory of Dr. Deborah Barreau who received the award twice for her masterful teaching ability. The award recognizes faculty members (one full-time faculty member and one who teaches on a part-time basis), who are selected by students within the school, for outstanding teaching.