Faculty Favorites 2014-2015

About the Award

All faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants who receive nominations receive a formal letter of recognition from the Provost, along with a certificate, and are invited to attend the Faculty Favorite Reception, to be held during the lunch program at the 2016 Celebration of Teaching and Learning on Friday, February 12, 2016, at Shelby Campus. All student nominations are also posted on the Faculty Favorite Award website.

Additionally, there will be a smaller pool named as top nominees, with no more than one nominee per department, drawn from those who receive the most nominations. These "Top" Faculty Favorites will be recognized campus-wide through UofL Today and on a banner that is displayed on the front of Ekstrom Library in early February. Instructors are eligible to be featured as a "Top" Faculty Favorite every four years.

2015-2016 Nomination Periods

The fall 2015 nomination period opens on November 16 and closes on December 18.

The spring 2016 nomination period opens on April 4 and closes on May 6.


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2014-2015 "Top 4"

The Delphi Center is proud to announce the "Top 4" Faculty Favorites for 2014-2015.

  • Click to Show/HideMark N. French
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    He has been by far the best professor I have had in my collegiate career. Every class, no matter how difficult the subject, he has made easy and enjoyable to learn.

    There is no one better than French.

    I learned so much about hydraulics from Dr. French. He is by far the best teacher I've had in SPEED, inside and outside the classroom.

    I have never had a teacher be so willing to personally work one-on-one with each student, even if this meant changing his personal schedule.

    Made class fun and related material to real-life examples, not just chapters in a book!

    Dr. French goes above and beyond to ensure all students can effectively and efficiently learn through real-world application and interactive classroom techniques in his Hydraulics and Hydrology courses. He provides pertinent examples and visual aids, solidifying our understanding of topics. Dr. French engages us and enthusiastically allows for student participation in the learning process, as opposed to the average dry lecture. I have been impressed by his dedication to the department, the students and the university.

    He is great in and out of the classroom! He genuinely cares about his students' well-being.

    Dr. French is the best professor Speed School has. He is always available to help and makes our grade dependent on tricky projects and take-home tests that are very thorough, so we learn tons more than we do in other classes with a quarter of the stress. His class presentations are easy to follow and help us understand hydraulics right from the start. However much the university is paying him is not enough; he should be teaching all of our classes and making 1 mil a year.
  • Click to Show/HideHeather D. Mitchell
    School of Nursing
    Ms. Mitchel is the best instructor in the School of Nursing. Her goal is to truly teach you the content so that you can be successful in the future. I wish more instructors could teach the way that she does. She's awesome!

    Ms. Mitchell makes lectures interesting and easy to understand.

    Best teacher ever!

    Ms. Mitchell is by far the best professor I have had throughout my entire college career. She takes boring, difficult class material and not only finds a way to make it make sense, but also makes it interesting. I cannot even express the amount of knowledge I have gained from her lectures. She is an amazing teacher who truly cares about her students.

    Ms. Mitchell is an excellent teacher and mentor. She is inspirational and shows a true interest and belief in her students. During the lecture, she always makes the material more interesting and personal by sharing her experiences as a nurse with the class. She also records her lectures on Tegrity, which is a bonus to all of us that like to listen to them again to ensure that we understand the material. This semester, Ms. Mitchell went the extra mile by coming to our clinical for a day. It was wonderful having her there. She sat down with our clinical group during lunch, and she fielded questions left and right about the nursing process and future career options. I hope she is rewarded this Faculty Favorite Award to show her that we care for her as much as she cares for us.

    Ms. Mitchell is by far the most invested and helpful of all the professors I've encountered at the School of Nursing. She makes herself available to her students, is very knowledgeable, and has a way of presenting information in a way that makes sense and is easy to remember. All of the members of my cohort speak extremely highly of her, as she is very kind, efficient, and makes all the effort she can to help students learn and make sure their grades are reflective of that.

    Ms. Mitchell is one of the best professors at the SON. She goes above and beyond for each student. She is always prompt when you email her. Her teaching style is compatible with understanding and putting to use what she lectures over. I'm thankful that I was able to have her as a professor during my time at UofL.

    Heather Mitchell is such an inspiration to all of us! She's positive, uplifting, and encourages us to be the best that we can be. She believes in us, and I believe that I would not be the nursing student I am without her amazing teaching and encouragement!

    Ms. Mitchell is actively engaging, very organized, and very knowledgeable. Best professor I have had!

    She's an amazing teacher. She cares about her students and wants you to be the best nurse you can possibly be. She is overall the most influential teacher.

    She makes learning fun and helps us apply nursing knowledge in every way imaginable.

    She is my favorite.

    Ms. Mitchell is the best professor I've ever had.

    Ms. Mitchell is an exceptional teacher. She makes learning difficult material interesting and clear.
  • Click to Show/HideNicholaus S. Noles
    Psychological and Brain Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I really enjoyed this professor! He was fun, loved his subject, and very friendly. His tests were not easy, but he took time to make sure all questions were fair and looked at the stats for each question to make sure he didn't need to make adjustments to the grades. (This is a lot more than most professors will do!)

    Wonderful teacher! He is highly intelligent on the subject matter and is always willing to answer questions. Dr. Noles adds a nice mixture of humor into the lectures as well!

    Best psych teacher ever! He makes learning cognitive psych easy.

    Dr. Noles is probably one of the most engaging professors I've ever had. His teaching style and interaction is one of the main reasons I didn't miss a class all semester. When considering that upper-level psychology classes can be really dense, he did a great job at thoroughly explaining concepts by answering any and all questions we had, used various forms of media to show examples, and really kept me engaged in actually learning the material. I honestly look forward to when I'm able to take another class of Dr. Noles'.

    Very entertaining and warm environment. Before the course, I had very low expectations (especially since I didn't actually "like" kids), but after taking this course, I learned a lot and found his lectures very interesting. Professor Noles taught many applicable tips that I plan to use when raising my future children (yes, I now plan on having children haha).

    His class was very engaging. He was always willing to answer a student's question in class, which often times isn't the case. Tests were difficult, but the classes went into good detail. My favorite professor this year.

    Dr. Noles was one of the best professors I have had, and I hope he continues being a great instructor. The classes were very interactive, which kept your attention on less memorable topics. The ONE thing that puts him over the top and ahead of his peers was when he used his poetic talents to recite a strong and empowering line from "All About that Bass" by Meghan Trainor.

    He was a wonderful professor!

    He made class really fun and interesting.

    Dr. Noles has been my favorite teacher in the Psychology Department to date. He is engaging, as well as entertaining, in the classroom and is more than happy to explain complex concepts multiple times to ensure the bulk of the class understands them. Even outside of the classroom, Dr. Noles actively helps his students who may be having trouble with issues related to their classroom performance. I have taken Dr. Noles for two classes in the Psychology Department, against the advice of my peers, and I have not only excelled in them, but I have a better grasp of the material than they had with their "easier" professors. Dr. Noles does not baby his students. He is respectful to all of us and may have high expectations for the people in his classes, but that is because he is trying to sculpt concepts like self-reliance and discipline that can only help us in our academic futures.

    Dr. Noles was very helpful in learning how to write a research paper for psychology, as well as being a great resource for students and very knowledgeable.

    Class was really interesting and fun. There was never a class where there wasn't something funny or fun to listen to.

    He is a great teacher. He pushes his students to be better. He does not want anyone to fail and is really helpful.
  • Click to Show/HideBrad Shuck
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Shuck is the most genuine and hardworking professor ever. As a first-time online student, living outside of the United States (in the Bahamas), Dr. Shuck was very helpful in getting me acquainted with Blackboard and also with understanding all of the course materials about Research. Writing has never been a strong point for me, in my opinion, so it made me very intimidated to do research. This fall, I took ELFH 617 - Evidence Based Research in Human Resources and Organization Development (HROD) with Dr. Shuck and Jake, his teaching assistant. To say the least, I was not excited about taking this class. However, now that the course is almost completed, I must honestly say that I am so glad that I took this course. Dr. Shuck and Jake answered all my questions and in a timely manner. I mean there would be times I would feel so "dumb" for asking such simple questions via email or in class, and I would feel so out of the loop and disconnected because I am literally and figuratively so far away from UofL. However, Dr. Shuck made me feel quite "at home" in class. He emailed us every week about the upcoming week (assignments, what to expect, etc.) and gave us encouragement along the way. In the beginning, my classmates and I felt discouraged and overwhelmed, as students can often feel during the semester, but Dr. Shuck kept us motivated, informed and pushed us to believe in ourselves. I'm not sure if he will win the award, but I just wanted it to be public knowledge that Dr. Shuck is an excellent professor, especially for first-time students. I wish him all the best at UofL. He has truly helped me to believe in the phrase "live without regrets and learn without borders."

    I have had many instructors over the last six years but none more engaging, more positive and motivational than Brad. He makes learning (adult) interesting, relevant and applicable to today's market. I wish I could take more classes from him ... his passion for teaching and subject knowledge is beyond reproach.

    Dr. Shuck is a consistent and forthcoming professor who constantly engages and assists his students before, during, and after the semester. I have not had Dr. Shuck in class in more than a year, and he has continued to support and assist me personally and professionally more than even my advisor. I have spoke to Dr. Shuck via phone and emailed more in a month than my advisor in a year. Dr. Shuck is caring, professional, and a true leader to emulate.

    Great enthusiasm and creative teacher!

    Dr. Brad Shuck has been of tremendous help to my education in both the two classes I have had him and as well as navigating the distance education program as a whole. His outstanding communication and fantastic personality has helped to reaffirm my decision to partake in UofL's online education. I did not have a professor half as helpful and approachable during my undergraduate education at another university. He is a high-caliber educator who deserves to be recognized for his efforts. Dr. Shuck represents the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development and the University of Louisville well. He has consistently gone above and beyond to help me with any issue I have encountered. As both a professor and an academic advisor, I know I can come to him with a problem and receive help in a timely manner. His knowledge and passion has made him one of the best educators I have had the pleasure of working with during my long educational career. He has been a great asset in my educational journey with the University of Louisville.

    Dr. Shuck's online class for ELFH 312-50: DESIGNING LEARNING was great. The way he presents the material was the best I've had in my online learning experience. Very personable and quick to respond to any question I had all semester.

    Dr. Shuck is real. He's more than a "professor" or an "instructor." In moments of doubt and uncertainty, he rebuilds your confidence and guides you in the right direction. There were many challenges that I encountered during my first semester of graduate school. Dr. Shuck was always there to help--in fact, I was amazed by his quickness in responding to emails. He didn't just send a scripted response; his responses were personal and always catered specifically to my issue or situation. My concerns were always addressed completely and quickly and with the utmost compassion. In addition to his availability and responsiveness, his ability to motivate his students is something I am in awe of. Dr. Shuck goes above and beyond, not only relating his content to real-life examples, but making sure that everyone walks away with a crystal clear understanding of expectations and content. Although his class was the most difficult class I've encountered at UofL to this point, it was also the most rewarding. Brad Shuck is a world-class professor and an admired mentor who places an unbelievable amount of faith in his students. In return, it's evident that his students also believe in him.

    Dr. Brad Shuck and Dr. William Gibson are both outstanding instructors.


2014-2015 Nominations

  • Click to Show/HideNarjis Abdul-Majid
    Pan-African Studies/Humanities
    College of Arts and Sciences
    This professor is one of the best ones that I have had at UofL. She is very open to questions and gives you advice on how to improve your grade and do better. She uses a lot of humor, videos and documentaries to help us understand the topic we are discussing. It is always fun being in her class.
  • Click to Show/HideSaid Abusalem
    School of Nursing
    Very encouraging.
  • Click to Show/HideKathryn Adamchik
    Academic Advising Center
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Faculty and academic advisor.
  • Click to Show/HideV. Joshua Adams
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I thought this would be another tedious English class, but Professor Adams made the class exciting and enjoyable. He stretched our minds to think outside the box about readings and societal issues. His dry wit brought a lot of laughter to the class too! Great professor!
  • Click to Show/HideSara Alvarez
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Ms. Alvarez is very dedicated to her students. At the beginning of the semester, I was dreading taking an English class, but Ms. Alvarez taught me the value of writing. Through Ms. Alvarez, I was able to see the little aspects and details in everyday life that I often overlooked. I am now able to make solid arguments and write knowledge-filled papers.
  • Click to Show/HideRobert Amchin
    Academic and Professional Studies
    School of Music
    He is the best teacher I have ever had at the University of Louisville! He always cares about my well-being and my academic career. I learned how to be a better music educator and overall person. I love watching his passion in the classroom. He cares so much about music and his work that it is hard not to become just as passionate. Dr. Amchin made my years at the University of Louisville memorable, and I cannot thank him enough for everything he has done for me!
  • Click to Show/HideViviana Andreescu
    Criminal Justice
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Andreescu went above and beyond to help students understand their studies. Also, enjoyed making students laugh while teaching. Overall, a wonderful professor!
  • Click to Show/HideMary Ashlock
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Ashlock has made my experience at the University perfect. She is so supportive and such a source of inspiration for me.
  • Click to Show/HideCathy Avdevich
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    She is truly knowledgeable, and it seems that she enjoys her work. Many of us at Ft. Knox feel blessed to have her as our instructor for many of our classes. Many of us also hope she continues on till we graduate.
  • Click to Show/HideLihui Bai
    Industrial Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    A good and hardworking professor who always keeps herself updated with the developments in her field and the one who always works hard to help students as much as she can.
  • Click to Show/HideAnna Barillas
    Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
    Not only is Anna (Karina) one of the sweetest and kindest people I know, she is also a wonderful teacher and mentor. I have had the honor of working under her for my internship during undergrad and also taking her SW 603 class this semester. She is an advocate and runs a non-profit to help Latina women escape domestic violence, La Casita Center. She is always there if you need to talk. Although she will never expect it, she deserves all the recognition there is.
  • Click to Show/HideTierney Bates
    Cultural Center
    Office of the Provost
    He is a wonderful mentor to have.
  • Click to Show/HideCatherine Batscha
    School of Nursing
    Great instructor.

    Her lecture is very interesting and informative. She also gave suggestions on my future career options. It is my pleasure to be a student of hers. I wish her the best in her career too.
  • Click to Show/HideDebra Bauder
    Special Education
    College of Education and Human Development
    Very Supportive and knowledgeable.
  • Click to Show/HideBlake Beattie
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Beattie is without a doubt one of the best teachers I have ever had. He teaches with remarkable scholarship and historical insight, as well as with excellent storytelling and sharp wit. His classes are challenging yet fair. Dr. Beattie has taken our class on an epic historical journey this semester, and I am truly sorry to see it end.

    When it comes to giving a good lecture, Dr. Beattie has set the bar incredibly high. He is a phenomenal public speaker, and I have never met another professor who could teach with such a dynamic, humorous, and informative style. I never thought a history class could serve as entertainment, but Dr. Beattie's class certainly fits that description. This is not mindless entertainment however, and the amount of knowledge I gained from listening to his lectures was staggering. Taking Dr. Beattie's class reminded me of why I chose to study history in the first place, and his passion for what he was teaching rekindled my own excitement and love for this amazing field in which I am privileged to study.

    Dr. Beattie is very engaging, and he always kept my attention. He is interested in what he teaches and that made a big difference for me. His lectures felt more like one-on-one conversations instead of him just talking at a big group of students which is effective, in my opinion. He is very intelligent. I will miss getting to learn from him.

    Always engaging and riveting lecturer.
  • Click to Show/HideThomas Berfield
    Mechanical Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    He's a very good teacher. Great at interacting with students and bringing some fun into the course. Watching him solve problems is very helpful in learning how to solve them yourself. Out of all the teachers I've had this semester, Dr. Berfield was easily my favorite.
  • Click to Show/HideMatt Bergman
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    He gets me excited to learn and to interact with my classmates!

    I don' think there is any professor like Dr. Bergman. I've never met someone that is so passionate and authentic regarding his work. He believes in what he teaches, but more importantly, he believes in his students. His no-nonsense approach to education is a trait I will adopt in my future academic studies and professional career. Before I met Dr. Bergman, I was insecure and doubtful I could achieve a bachelor's degree. Today I am certain I will hold a doctorate degree in my hands at the end of my academic career. He is an asset not only to U of L, but the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as he produces quality graduates. I hope I can someday pay it forward in honor of what he has done for my peers and my future. Most educators agree that students need supportive environments at any academic level. Dr. Bergman provides people with the strength and fortitude to confront the overwhelming obstacles they are bound to face in life. Something tells me he will move beyond being a professor. I can easily see Dr. Bergman in an administrative role because of his intense passion.

    Matt is a fantastic professor. He makes sure we understand the concepts and always gives us something we can use that week in our real lives.

    Dr. Bergman is very responsive to the needs of his students.

    Awesome leader, provided excellent career guidance, and a true role model.

    Dr. Bergman was an inspirational educator in my experience at UofL. His methods of teaching and emphasis on quality student interaction was important to my own success as an undergraduate student and a working adult learner. Dr. Bergman has inspired me in numerous ways to advance my education, from the online discussion boards to one-to-one sessions over the telephone. Despite studying from the state of South Carolina, I always felt involved and valued when attending Dr. Bergman's courses.
  • Click to Show/HideGary Bernstein
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    Mr. B is a fantastic instructor and advisor. His door is always open and is available to help if you are struggling with something in one of his classes, or if you need help with your resume, finding a job, whatever it may be. He genuinely cares about the well-being and success of each one of his students.

    Mr. Bernstein shows so much care for his students and has an incredible passion for teaching. I have had Mr. Bernstein as a professor, and I have worked along side him on the Conversations with Champions committee, and he carries that same passion in anything that he does. It has been a pleasure having him in class and working with him on CwC. With leaders like Mr. B, there is no secret why our program is one of the best in the country.

    Mr. Bernstein is an outstanding professor who truly creates a unique learning environment in the classroom. He creates a comfortable environment in which discussion and critical thinking are both highly encouraged and facilitated. I have now taken five different classes taught by Mr. Bernstein and each one is more and more enjoyable. He is absolutely deserving of this award and much more. He is an exemplary teacher and an even better person.

    The most influential staff members from the University of Louisville that I have met during my college years. Professor Bernstein is not only my teacher but a mentor, friend, and someone I can trust. He's someone I can chat with if I have a question about school or just life in general. He's someone I want to keep in contact with for the rest of my life, as he has truly helped me become the person I am today. Mr. Bernstein continues to be the best professor/advisor I have ever had. His personable personality and way of connecting students to the sports world is very impressive. He always is available to help out and answer any questions that may arise. He truly is an inspiration, and I will truly miss him after graduation.
  • Click to Show/HideMark Bernstein
    Surgical and Hospital Medicine
    School of Dentistry
    Some of the most positive interactions and meaningful educational experiences have come through the instruction and mentorship of Dr. Mark Bernstein. He has made a huge difference in my education.
  • Click to Show/HideDale Billingsley
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Billingsley has easily been my favorite teacher at the University of Louisville. He is extremely knowledgeable about what he teaches and manages the difficult task of making class interesting for his students without watering down the material. The classroom environment he creates is unique--it is a mixture of seminar and lecture, always flexible to meet the learning needs of students. Furthermore, his grading is conducive to true learning in that, even if you disagree with him, if you back up your argument, you will not be punished with a bad grade. When he does take points off, he is one of the few teachers who explains why and how his students can improve in the future. Dr. Billingsley is not only a great teacher, but also an excellent mentor. He is always willing and prompt to help out with anything outside of the classroom, including course work as well as advice in general. It is for these reasons that I have nominated Dr. Billingsley and plan to take as many of his classes as possible during my time at U of L.
  • Click to Show/HideKaren Black
    School of Nursing
    She knows her content and slows down to explain everything so it sticks. I don't feel like she rushes through material, even though she may be teaching it fast. I can tell she enjoys teaching.
  • Click to Show/HideBenjamin Bogart
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Over the course, I learned a lot about my writing style. Mr. Bogart was able to take my basic high school knowledge and help me create something much greater than that. I feel much more confident in my writing abilities. The class was also fun to be in. We learned a great amount, but we also had plenty of enjoyable conversations. Hands down, this English class was my favorite from the first semester.

    His lectures are engaging and interesting. We discuss relevant topics, while at the same time learning the fundamentals to successful writing.
  • Click to Show/HideJeffery Borden
    Mechanical Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Professor Borden is an extremely nice teacher who cares about his students doing well. He also finds time to conduct research in the Bioengineering Department. What makes him stand out from other professors in Speed School is that he takes the time to listen to what his students are understanding and what they aren't understanding and will take the time to address it. Overall, a great guy.
  • Click to Show/HideBrad Bowman
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    His communicating and teaching skills are extraordinary. He always tries to teach students the best he can. Hardworking and highly specialized in his field of study.
  • Click to Show/HideKelly Boyd
    REACH--GEN 104
    Undergraduate Affairs
    Ms. Boyd was an amazing instructor. She was very kind and helpful. And she always had a smile on her face. Whenever I needed to talk to her, or email her, she was always there. And when I needed help on math, she would always do her best to help out. You could tell that she really loves her job, and she really cares about her students. She was, by far, my favorite instructor for the fall semester. There's no one like her. She's great!
  • Click to Show/HideGuy Brock
    Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Dr. Brock goes out of his way to make sure that students understand the concepts and answers any questions carefully and completely.

    He is a great professor and directs in the right path. He mentors his students with great interest and respect.
  • Click to Show/HideTim Broering
    Engineering Fundamentals
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Dr. Broering has been one of the best professors I have ever had, and he deserves some recognition for his outstanding performance.
  • Click to Show/HideDerrick Brooms
    Sociology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Brooms is my favorite instructor thus far at the University of Louisville. He is very knowledgeable, and he allowed me to view things from different perspectives. He made me excited to come to class and eager to know what the next topic we would be talking about. I recommend EVERYBODY to take his Race in the U.S. class, and I hope to have him as an instructor in the future.
  • Click to Show/HideMandy Brown
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Fall 2014 was my first semester trying to learn French. I was extremely apprehensive about learning the new language because of the spelling and little nuances French required in oral and written dialect. The very first class with Mdm. Brown, I was no longer worried at all. She creates an extremely welcoming environment and puts your nerves at ease. We were all required to stand in place and perform a march while reciting the alphabet. This was the first of many odd tasks we performed in the class, but I can guarantee no one was uncomfortable making a mistake again in front of the class or asking a question. Mdm. Brown was thorough in what she taught and made sure the entire class knew the principles we covered in order to move on to the next lesson in speech. Aside from her outstanding teaching, her personality also shined both in and outside of class. Whether you were asking questions during her office hours or you were sitting (or marching) in class, she was always smiling. Sometimes it may be at the mix up in language you just had or maybe it was because she was just as excited to teach French as I was to learn it. Either way, she was constantly bringing a positive energy wherever she went which helped create an encouraging and nurturing environment for learning. Mdm. Brown was by far my favorite instructor and gave the encouragement I needed to continue with French and is the main reason I still continue with learning French.

    Professor Brown is SO sweet, understanding, helpful, and caring. As a freshman taking French for the first time, she was open and understanding to my needs. She is young and understands us students but also forces us to step out on a limb and do our best to ensure that we are fluent in French like we are supposed to be throughout the course. She never cancelled class, offered tutoring sessions, informed us on the various things within campus that would allow us to better our knowledge of French other than her classroom. She was always open on email and throughout her office hours. She never hesitated to tell us how things were going to be, but still challenged us throughout the various activities in class, quizzes, tests, and online work. I have enjoyed this course extensively and will recommend her to any student willing to take a French class. Most importantly, when I asked a question, I wasn't judged nor looked at like I was "stupid." She encouraged us to ask questions and was ALWAYS willing to happily answer them even if she was repeating herself. No higher authority in this school will understand the importance of a WILLING and HELPFUL professor. This is a necessity to learning and enjoying what we learn. Sadly, Professor Brown is one, among a few of the professors on this campus, who is so willing to help and ensure that we know what we are learning. Forever thankful for her and her guidance this semester!
  • Click to Show/HideDavid Brown
    Physics and Astronomy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Brown is lively, engaging, and takes an interest in the comments and questions of his students. He was patient with me. I learn something every time we talk. Generally, he deserves to be recognized as an outstanding educator, not just in our department but university-wide.
  • Click to Show/HideAmanda Brown
    Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
    She's great!
  • Click to Show/HideJennifer Brueckner-Collins
    Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology
    School of Medicine
    Dr. Brueckner-Collins has been a great asset for our Gross & Neuro Anatomy course at the School of Dentistry. She has gone above and beyond her requirements and made hard concepts much easier. She really wants the students to learn and has their best interest at heart.
  • Click to Show/HideRhonda Buchanan
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Buchanan is an excellent professor. Her long career has provided her a lot of knowledge on the subject, and the enthusiasm and energy she shows each class is to be admired.

    Incredible person, professor, always with an incredible amount of energy and positivism for everyone around her. She will always help every student as much as she can, giving a good hand for them to be successful and accomplish their goals.
  • Click to Show/HideLuke Buckman
    Honors Program
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Luke has changed the way I, and many other of my classmates, view the world and our responsibility in it. Not only has he taught us about social justice and guided us in our service, but he's been there as an instructor, advisor and true, true friend. He cares about and genuinely knows all of his students individually. He has made a significant impact on how I view the society I live in and also the path that I hope to lead with my life. Luke, by far, is the most deserving of this award.
  • Click to Show/HideChristy Burge
    Accountancy
    College of Business
    Exceptional professor who keeps the students involved and values what they have to say.

    Professor Burge is great. She goes above and beyond with her availability to students and in her real-world experience she brings to the classroom.

    Professor Burge goes above and beyond to help her students. The small classroom helps show how much she cares about each of her students and wants them all to achieve the most they can. The material isn't very exciting, but she does an amazing job to help her students understand everything they need. She is always offering for students to come visit her about school or life in general. She's extremely easy to get in contact with if you need her. She was by far the most influential professor.

    Professor Burge is an amazing professor and an even better person. She is always available no matter what, even allowing us to text her at any time of the day. Her personal connection to each student is apparent, and she cares about the students learning the material and not about the grades.

    Excellent teacher! Uses real situations and events to convey principles.

    Christy shows so much commitment to her students and doing everything she can to help them prepare for both the CPA exam and the real world after school. She has been a great mentor and is never afraid to tell it like it is. Unlike some other instructors, she always seems approachable and makes students comfortable reaching out to her. Her advice always is driven by what is in the best interest of her students and helping them achieve their goals, and for that, I will always be appreciative.
  • Click to Show/HideJennie Burnet
    Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. B is a phenomenal educator who is concerned with, not only the course work, but bettering us as critically thinking individuals and meaningful contributors to society.
  • Click to Show/HideRoger Buskill
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Mr. Buskill has made a huge impact on my learning. He has motivated me over the years to continue my education, and I am happy to say I will finally graduate on December 18! I simply could not have done it without him. He is an excellent teacher with a refreshing sense of humor. He does not have an ego, and he is extremely approachable. I am a full-time working adult and part-time student, and Roger has always treated me (and the other students in my class) with the utmost respect and compassion. He understands that we all have families and lives outside of the classroom and, therefore, has consistently been flexible yet fair with assignments and deadlines. He is one in a million! Thank you, Roger!!

    Excellent leadership, listens and provides genuine feedback, great role model.
  • Click to Show/HideGreg Byrne
    Performance Studies
    School of Music
    Always animated and upbeat. Great instruction, always exposes students to new materials.
  • Click to Show/HideAngela Calloway
    School of Nursing
    Every moment was a teaching moment.

    Dr. Calloway is very smart and patient with everyone. She can handle any situation, and I have learned a lot from her.
  • Click to Show/HideBerta Calvert
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She truly cares for her students and wants to help them succeed.
  • Click to Show/HideGenevieve Carlton
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Best teacher by a long shot. After 60 hrs. of courses, she sets the standard for professionalism and inspiration.
  • Click to Show/HideMary Carothers
    Fine Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is great! :D
  • Click to Show/HideBradley Carpenter
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Carpenter has created a sense of family among our Ed.D. cohort and established a community of scholars that support and encourage each other. I have no doubt that when we all sit in our hooding ceremony, Dr. Carpenter will have played a pivotal role in insuring the success of each member of the cohort.
  • Click to Show/HideMelody Carriere
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She went way beyond the standards for any professor. She was very receptive and always helpful and available. Great job!!
  • Click to Show/HideRobert Carter
    Marketing
    College of Business
    Professor Carter helped me tremendously in the Fall with preparing me for my capstone class. He is not only a great educator, but you can tell that he truly cares and wants his students to succeed. I don't know what I would've done without him, and he definitely deserves to be recognized for all that he does to prepare students for the real world.
  • Click to Show/HideMark Casey
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Mark Casey has been a wonderful counselor and mentor throughout my journey in OLL. Please recognize him with this wonderful honor and just wanted to say he is great.
  • Click to Show/HideDarron Chapman
    Philosophy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He was nothing but helpful. He made sure we all understood the material and never turned down questions after class. He was energetic and engaged during lectures and made you want to come to class. I'd take any class taught by Professor Chapman!
  • Click to Show/HideCarol Chappell
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    She was an amazing instructor! I would recommend her to all of my friends, if they had to take the class! She made one of the classes that I wasn't looking forward to into one of my favorite classes of the week, even at 8 am! She is by far one of the best professors I've had since my time at UofL.

    She really made a difference with her classroom interactions!
  • Click to Show/HideRaymond Chastain
    Physics and Astronomy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Chastain was my PHYS 298 prof, and he will be my PHYS 299 prof in the spring of 2015. He does a fantastic job of explaining key concepts, simplifying tough concepts, and focusing on important concepts. The class set up could not be worse with a 75-minute lecture, followed by a 50-minute recitation in the evening; however, he makes all the topics interesting, and usually enjoyable, to learn. He is very approachable, and he is very helpful in his office hours. The class is completely fair because I feel you only lose points when you made a mistake from a lack of effort put into his class. I would recommend him to any student taking an introductory physics class. He is a fantastic professor, the only professor my past school year that I would willingly take again. There is a reason I took PHYS 299 because how great he was for PHYS 298. This semester he did an even better job than last because he experimented! He tried to move lecture material into pre-lecture material, which allows time for group work and more examples. He taught us out of class and facilitated the greatest learning environment I have ever been a part of. He is beyond extremely helpful in office hours and outside of class and just as helpful in class! He deserves to be awarded because he is so competent as a professor, teacher, educator, and friend. It would be more than an incredible shame if he is not offered a renewal on his adjunct professorship contract.

    Professor Chastain has taught physics in a totally new way, where it is more hands-on and interactive, rather than a lecture style. It has really helped me understand the material. He is personable, always available, and sadly, only signed on to teach at the university for professors who are on sabbaticals (which to me, is very unfortunate for the university, because he is a fantastic teacher). He really made physics come alive for me (something I never thought I would say).

    First let me express my sincerest feelings of gratitude toward Dr. Chastain and all the amazing efforts he's made with not only me, but all of the students that attended his classes. He is an amazing educator. If his knack for custom tailoring an explanation based on the student he's teaching doesn't convince you, his ability to put a student at ease while instilling confidence in a subject matter that, let's face it, almost never aligns with the intuitive thinking patterns life has taught us. Here's the facts: Dr. Chastain consistently extended his office hours on the fly simply because he wasn't done teaching on the topic being discussed. His door was always open. I respect a man that has such a grasp on his pride that he can set it aside and listen to complaints from students. Not only did he listen, but he made appropriate changes based on feedback from his class. He creates an atmosphere in his classroom where 80+ students feel comfortable asking any question. He's very fair and understanding when life gets in the way during the semester. He's just an overall great guy. Dr. Chastain is an asset to the U of L Physics Department. I feel very fortunate that I was able to take 298 and 299 from him. What a wonderful educator.

    Dr. Chastain is one of the best professors I've encountered at UofL. He relates to his students and makes a subject that can sometimes be very difficult easy to understand. He also makes every class fun and gets his students involved very well.

    Dr. Chastain rocks! He made physics sweet. I learned a lot from him.

    Dr. Chastain makes me want to learn physics. I went into Physics 222 afraid and unsure of how I was going to do because physics is such a hard subject for me. After two weeks in Dr. Chastain's class, I had the confidence and knowledge to succeed. The way he teaches this class gives students the best opportunity to learn--from pre-lecture videos to homework, and on the exams, he gives you all the tools you need to do well in this otherwise difficult course. I realize that the way he teaches may be unconventional, but it works. He truly cares about his students, and I feel that he is a great student advocate and instructor.

    I absolutely loved the teaching I have received this semester in Dr. Chastain's class. He takes a physics course, which I hate, and teaches it in such a way that makes it fun. I have learned more in 222 than I ever did in 221. The teaching style, group work, and funny jokes to lighten up the lectures, have made all the difference. He has been a big help during class and office hours to those who had trouble with a concept.

    By far the best instructor I have had.
  • Click to Show/HideWarren Chellman
    Mathematics
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Great teacher and very funny. Always willing to help anyone that asks and is very approachable. He is direct when teaching and stays on topic.
  • Click to Show/HideYasmeen Chism
    Women's and Gender Studies
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is an amazing person and instructor, and I wish I could take her class again. She has opened my eyes to so many things, and I will be forever thankful for that knowledge she has given me.
  • Click to Show/HideDiane Chlebowy
    School of Nursing
    Enjoyed her teaching and leadership style--promoted much productive discussion on relevant nursing topics. Enjoyed format of the class (Clinical prevention and population health). Professor was flexible as well to class needs. Also I learned quite a lot that will be applicable in APRN practice when I graduate.
  • Click to Show/HideDianne Clare
    Special Education
    College of Education and Human Development
    Ms. Claire was one of the best instructors I've ever had! She cares about all of her students, even after the semester's over with, and wants each of them to succeed. She is the most caring person I have ever met and has helped me learn how to be the best teacher I can be!
  • Click to Show/HidePaul Clark
    School of Nursing
    Dr. Clark was my clinical instructor this past semester in nursing school. The first semester of nursing school can be very intimidating, but Dr. Clark created a great learning environment for all of his students. He was thorough in his work with his students to ensure that there was no misunderstanding. It was clear that he wanted his students to learn and excel beyond what they thought they could. Questions were always welcomed during clinical, and he took the time to explain the answer to the best of his ability. If there were questions he was unsure of, he always referred you to someone who could answer it. No question was left unanswered which expands his students' knowledge. Dr. Clark inspired me to be the best nurse that I can be and deserves to be recognized for his efforts.

    Dr. Clark was my clinical instructor this past semester and has inspired me to be the best nurse that I can be. He instills confidence in each of his students and diligently spends time to make sure we understand material. I never fear to ask him questions and feel that my knowledge has benefited from his teaching. I looked forward to clinical with him each week, and I hope that one day I can be half the nurse and inspirational leader that he is.

    Dr. Clark was my clinical instructor this year. Throughout the term, he was welcoming, friendly, and respectful of his students, their ideas, and their opinions. He was always happy to be at clinical and always more than willing to lend a helping hand to his students. He was diligent in his work and made modifications when necessary to help us learn. He provided intelligent, detailed, and motivating feedback on assignments and tasks. He was timely and helpful in his email responses. I felt calm and confident in my skills when working with Dr. Clark, and the environment he created was very conducive to my learning. He was very encouraging, and I was driven to do well on my assignments and tasks because I knew how much work he was doing for us, and I wanted to do the same for him. He provided inspiration for his students and set an excellent example of what a hard-working, caring nurse is. He has made me excited for my career, and I hope I can incorporate what he has taught me into my future.
  • Click to Show/HideFlint Collins
    Fine Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Mr. Collins is an engaged, enthusiastic teacher. He is well versed in his subject and exudes a real joy and pleasure in teaching about art and art history. He is also very respectful of his students and encourages participation in the class environment. Class goals and expectations are clear and well articulated. He's a super teacher!

    He did a great job involving the entire class in understanding the connection of history and how it affected our art and architecture. He is very dynamic, very interested in the students, firm but fair, and pushed hard for students to participate and learn. He is a TA who should remain at the University of Louisville.
  • Click to Show/HideCrystal Collins-Camargo
    Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
    Crystal was has been an excellent instructor in the online MSSW program over the last year. Her lessons are always thought-provoking and well-researched. Her passion for macro-level practice is a much needed and welcomed presence in the social work field, and I am thankful for her guidance.
  • Click to Show/HideSue Compton
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Compton is such an inspiration to me! I look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays just to attend her class. She is always willing to share with us life lessons that she has learned and uses her personal experiences to engage us in lectures and preparing for our papers. She is always available for extra help and will surely go the extra mile to assist students in any way that she can.

    Professor Compton approaches teaching with a positive and encouraging attitude! I truly enjoyed being in her course.
  • Click to Show/HideDavid Connor
    Criminal Justice
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Truly makes you want to come to class and enjoy the topic at hand.
  • Click to Show/HideRegina Cook Pfeiffer
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She actually took the time to get to know me on a personal level.

    Our classroom always had a very casual and welcoming nature, starting with our professor telling us on the first day to address her as "Regina." Most students go into Oral Communications dreading or being outright terrified of it. Regina allowed us (sometimes more forcefully than others) to get to know everyone in the class through daily, extensive group work. While at the time, most of the class may have been adverse to it, the group work allowed all of us to become substantially more comfortable speaking in front of the group; something Regina managed to do without any of us noticing. She was also always very helpful outside of class, and very prompt to respond to emails should you have a question.

    She is a great teacher who really makes the classroom interactive. She motivates her students to perform well during their speeches and helps them to become better orators.

    I came into this class never having any instructional experience in public speaking and with intentions of just checking off the tedious Comm 111 gen ed on my transcript. I even dreaded taking this class to some extent just for the fact that it was public speaking. Ms. Regina, from day one, made this class one of the best learning experiences I have had in college or even in my high school classes. Being a small class of only 25 or so students, it made for a very interactive and personal experience compared to my usual lecture of 300+ students. She was very approachable and available any time any one of her students needed something, whether it was for her class or something personally going on. It was very nice to actually be acknowledged as a student rather than just a number for once. I loved getting to know her personally, and she made her class feel as if she was no better than any of us or above us on any level. In doing so, it made giving speeches a lot easier and created a very good learning environment. I looked forward to going to her class every day since this was a place I felt not only comfortable but also capable of expressing my own ideas and values without any repercussions. I would strongly recommend this professor and speak very highly of her as an individual and also an educator.

    To begin, Regina is well experienced in her craft. She effectively gives us the tools we need in order to successfully speak publicly and privately. I've seen the transformation of students who looked as though they might experience an anxiety attack into young adults who can thoroughly and competently express their ideas with their peers. In addition to being a phenomenal educator, Regina succeeds in being an outstanding individual. Her humorous personality makes every classroom session a joy to attend. Her extracurricular activities outside of the University are also quite commendable. She is very active in her church and works with like-minded individuals to help women find a way out of the adult entertainment industry. For the reasons stated above, I would like to nominate Ms. Regina Cook Pfeiffer for my favorite educator.
  • Click to Show/HideKeeley Copridge
    Trio Student Support Services
    Student Affairs
    She kept me motivated when I wanted to quit. Without her support, I doubt that I would still be enrolled at UofL.
  • Click to Show/HideFabian Crespo
    Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Crespo's desire to teach and inspire students is unparalleled. He wants his students to really be engaged in discussions and projects. He makes himself very available and accessible to students, so that no question goes unanswered. My ultimate goal is to become a professor myself, and I hope that I can be a professor like him, teaching, inspiring, and encouraging students to go forth and succeed in all they do. Thanks, Dr. Crespo, for being what every professor should be.

    Dr. Crespo is by far one of the best instructors that I have had in my 4+ years on UofL's campus. He is personable, funny, energetic, has a passion for his courses, and is ALWAYS willing to help, both inside and outside of the classroom. If you have questions about the course, about the department, about his research, or general "I was wondering..." thoughts, he will do his best to answer you. He is always willing to listen and take suggestions from students about readings, things they have learned in courses, general knowledge that they have, etc. He also gives lots of advice for research/dissertation projects and additional readings to pursue, if you're really interested in the subject he is lecturing about. He goes above and beyond any other instructor that I have had, and he does it in class for all of his students, not just those who come to his office hours. If there is any instructor deserving of this honor, it is Fabian Crespo.
  • Click to Show/HideErin Crites
    Theatre Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is the best teacher I've ever had. She fully supports our students. She is the standard the rest of the theatre professors should try and live up to.
  • Click to Show/HideJennifer Cruze
    Criminal Justice
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Prof. Cruze cared about our entire class. She is the only teacher I have had at UofL who knew everyone in the class. I missed class one week, and she asked me where I had been and if everything was okay. Never have I ever felt so cared about by a teacher. And it's not just me she treats this way, it's our whole class. My final presentation, I completely bombed it, and she calmed me down and said I could have done worse and this wasn't that bad. She is the sweetest woman I have met on this campus, and I think she goes unrecognized. If I could take her for all my classes at UofL, I would. She doesn't move on to the next thing until everyone is on the same page. She is the definition of an excellent teacher. And I am so blessed to have had her for two semesters. She has made me think about teaching, just so I can touch someone's life like she touched mine.

    She was very patient with students and carefully thought out ways to teach the class the material, so it could be interpreted more easily. She also stuck to the plans in her syllabus, in terms of the schedule and grading, which I liked. All in all, she is a great professor!
  • Click to Show/HideDenise Cumberland
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Very lively and enthusiastic person. I thoroughly enjoy her classes. Lot of takeaways. I wish I could take her classes next semester but unfortunately didn't get any.
  • Click to Show/HideJoseph D'Ambrosio
    Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
    Dr. Joe is an exciting and engaging professor. He takes our research subject matter and makes it interesting and applicable to the rest of our social work practice education. Also, the passion he has for his personal research and therapy makes his classroom a place where I feel inspired and excited to practice social work and conduct research. He takes the time to work individually with students, in and out of the classroom, and does a great job of acknowledging his students' strengths. He makes sure that we are not only practicing critical thinking, but also creative thinking, so that we are prepared to develop solutions to many of the challenges we will face as social workers throughout our careers. I am so happy to have had Dr. Joe as a professor during my time in the Kent School and at the University of Louisville. We need more professors like him!
  • Click to Show/HideJudith Danovitch
    Psychological and Brain Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is a really great professor. Takes complex concepts and makes them very easy to learn. Very insightful, connects with the class, and always went the extra mile to be available for her students.

    She is very helpful, reachable, and has a nice demeanor. She also makes sure that you understand everything that is going on.

    Dr. Danovitch puts a tremendous amount of work into each lecture. What I loved most was that you could notice that she genuinely cares about her students, which sometimes can be a rare thing to find in a professor. I would recommend her to any student looking for an informative and insightful class.

    I loved Dr. Danovitch's Child Development class! She made this class very interesting and included many visuals in her lectures. She is always willing to help her students. I would highly recommend this class to others!

    Wonderful professor. Very helpful and talented. Shows much concern for her students. Honestly didn't think I would enjoy the class, but it ended up being my favorite class this semester!
  • Click to Show/HideJoan D'Antoni
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Understands students and works with them so that they can get the grade they deserve.
  • Click to Show/HideDaniel DeCaro
    Psychological and Brain Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences/Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
    I was in Dr. DeCaro's PSYC 301 course and really enjoyed it. I really appreciated the fact that he taught us the concepts behind the statistical analysis and not just how to do it. He also gave us lots of examples of how the various techniques we learned about could be used in real-life research situations we might encounter. I also appreciate that he learned the names of a lot of the people in our class, even though it was pretty large! He also was always willing to answer questions during and after his lecture. Overall, Dr. DeCaro seemed genuinely interested in the subject he was teaching and in guiding his students to understanding and success in the class. I am very glad that I got to have him as a professor!
  • Click to Show/HideDarcy DeLoach
    Academic and Professional Studies
    School of Music
    Dr. DeLoach is truly one of the best teachers that I have ever had. She's understanding and flexible, and yet she ensures that all of her students are doing their best and learning all the material that we will need to be successful in our future careers.
  • Click to Show/HidePhil DiBlasi
    Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor DiBlasi may be one of the hardest professors I've come by, but he is also the most truthful. He always gives me his honest opinion and doesn't sugarcoat anything. It's one thing I've found to appreciate most of all since meeting him, is that he is the one professor to never give me false hope. In college, when you're trying to figure out your life, false hope is one of the worst things to give to a student.

    Phil cares immensely for all of his students. He goes above and beyond to help students achieve their goals. He is also hysterically uncensored.
  • Click to Show/HideRandall Dills
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He was such a great professor to have. Wish I had taken his courses sooner. He makes learning so much fun.
  • Click to Show/HideGabriel Draper
    Chemical Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Always available to help me better understand kinetics and chemical reactors, even outside of his specified office hours.
  • Click to Show/HideDavid Dubofsky
    Finance
    College of Business
    Best professor.

    Prof Dubofsky does a great job of tying in real-world application to what is taught through the class. He helped me create a much stronger grasp on the financial world.
  • Click to Show/HideSherry Duffy
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    I would like to nominate both Sherry Duffy and Elizabeth Krauss from the ELFH program. My husband and I lost our child on 10/25/14. Sherry and Elizabeth worked with me, not only giving me time to grieve and physically heal, but also working very hands on, once I was able to return. They were available to me day and night. They walked me through what was left of the course to ensure I understood, since I was still in a haze. These women supported me during the most difficult time in my life, and I will never forget it. They are both beautiful, incredible women and have certainly earned the badge of my favorite educators for the rest of my life.
  • Click to Show/HideGweneth Dunleavy
    Fine Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Dunleavy made a non-required class for Nursing worth taking. She boosted everyone's confidence by judging their art based on effort and ability. She was always very understanding and thorough when it came to emails, concerns, and deadlines. She always left great commentary during the course to help the student further in a respectful way. I wish she taught classes for Nursing or other majors.
  • Click to Show/HideMarcelo Durski
    General Dentistry and Oral Medicine
    School of Dentistry
    Dr. Durski's willingness to effectively answer questions in and out of the classroom is paramount in our dental educations. He mixes his vast knowledge of dentistry with a great sense of humor and is committed to making sure students understand lecture and lab concepts.
  • Click to Show/HideSteve Dwinnells
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    This professor has made the class interact, laugh, and think critically. His assignments took a great deal of effort, yet, haven't seemed like work. I appreciate his efforts to engage us in life and learning.

    Steve Dwinnells teaches ELFH 578, Organizational Ethics. He did a wonderful job of not only teaching the course, but of providing valuable tools to help students deal with ethical situations personally and professionally. His teaching style is very comfortable, and he is committed to student learning. Unlike some instructors who use the classroom as an opportunity for "academic hazing," Steve genuinely wants students to learn and is committed to making that happen. I really enjoyed having him as an instructor and believe he is truly a faculty favorite!

    Dr. Dwinnells makes class very challenging and interesting. He involves the entire class in discussions and conducts presentations that are informative and thought provoking. It is a pleasure to come to class every week.
  • Click to Show/HidePerri Eason
    Biology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is one of the best professors I have ever had and a wonderful person!
  • Click to Show/HideThomas Edison
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I believe that Professor Edison is a monumental and engaging teacher, both inside and outside of the classroom. He truly cares for his students and what and how they learn. Rather than just teaching the Spanish material, he engages with his students and takes the time to make sure we know how to pronounce words correctly and have the proper sentence structure and never overlooks the precise details. He understands that we are students and takes the time to allow for fun interactive breaks in Spanish, or, if we are more tired than usual on a certain day, he makes sure not to call on us in class, if we ask. He also makes sure every student answers questions and engages in class everyday. Outside of class, he will take the time to meet with his students, if he or his student has any concerns regarding the class. Finally, Professor Edison has attended cultural trips to other countries with students and encourages students to attend these trips and apply for scholarships. He is an excellent teacher overall who is caring and dedicated and deserves recognition from the University of Louisville.
  • Click to Show/HideCaroline Ehman
    Academic and Professional Studies
    School of Music
    Extremely supportive of students. Teaches in a way that makes you relate to the subject and enjoy it.
  • Click to Show/HideGary Eisenmenger
    Engineering Fundamentals
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Because he's cooler than you.
  • Click to Show/HideAyman El-Baz
    Bioengineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    I took two courses with Dr. El-Baz so far, and in my opinion, he is one of the best educators I've ever had. He explains clearly, always well-prepared, making difficult topics easy to understand. He makes the objectives of the course and each class clear. Also, he is a very energetic and dynamic person who seems to enjoy teaching. All in all, I think Dr. El-Baz is one of the most effective professors at UofL, and I hope I can continue my collaboration with him throughout my study here.

    I enjoyed the Independent Study, and I have already published a conference paper in IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI's 2015).
  • Click to Show/HideImad Elhaj
    Finance
    College of Business
    Best professor I've ever had. He loves teaching, and I have learned more in this class than any other class at UofL.
  • Click to Show/HideAndreas Elpidorou
    Philosophy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Elpidorou made every single class interesting, and I actually looked forward to coming to class. He makes difficult material easy to understand and makes sure that every student is involved and has a voice in his class. He does a great job at getting students interested in philosophy along with getting them to enjoy learning.
  • Click to Show/HideCarl Enoch
    Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
    He is an awesome professor. He can talk about anything and is always flexible and willing to help. I always enjoy going to his class, because he can even make policy interesting. He's a great educator & deserves recognition!
  • Click to Show/HideRobert Esterhay
    Health Management and Systems Sciences
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Dr. Esterhay, with his vast knowledge and deep understanding of public health systems in the United States, has added to my knowledge bank. He also enabled me to adjust to U.S. culture and environment and provided me every opportunity and support to maximize my learning experience, both within the classroom and beyond.
  • Click to Show/HideElizabeth Fairhead
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Fairhead is a rarity. She is full of passion, life, knowledge, and wishes to share it with her students. Her class was more than just memorizing facts, it was about enlarging our world and making connections from our past to events happening right now. I took her world civilizations class as a general education requirement expecting to be bored as history was not one of my preferred subjects; however, I found myself looking forward to going to her class each day. She opened my eyes to so much more than my small world and helped me to develop an appreciation for history. She encouraged us to find out what was going on in the world around us and helped us make connections to the past and why an event may have occurred. Dr. Fairhead is inspiring and deserves nothing less than receiving this award.
  • Click to Show/HideJasmine Farrier
    Political Science
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Hands down, one of the best professors at the University of Louisville. Her expansive range of knowledge, coupled with her instruction skills, and rigorous exams, foster a great experience in understanding the various facets of the American government.
  • Click to Show/HideHarley Ferris
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Harley was my favorite professor this semester. He taught English 306 which is a business writing class. He took a boring subject and made it fun and interactive with fake businesses that students created. He added ridiculous scenarios that made the businesses think outside the box to respond to the situations, and made this class one to remember. Bravo Harley!

    He made class very entertaining which is hard in English.
  • Click to Show/HideJohn Finch
    Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    College of Education and Human Development
    This professor truly cares about the lives of all students. He sets high expectations for the success of every individual.
  • Click to Show/HideAnnie Fitzpatrick
    Education Advising and Student Services
    College of Education and Human Development
    Annie showed that she genuinely cared about helping me achieve my personal and academic goals.
  • Click to Show/HideBonnie Fonseca-Greber
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Upon entering college, the fear of the unknown almost overwhelmed me. How big the campus is, the number of students, lecture hall sizes, and the large student body made the experience intimidating. However, taking The Francophone World class with Dr. Bonnibeth Fonseca-Greber has made me overcome that fear. She made us feel welcome, helped with inquiries as simple as directions, and assigned a book, What Successful College Students Do , for us although it was not a class requirement. She has a doctorate and this was not required of her, which implies she really cares about us as students. Her teaching style engaged us to talk about diversity in the Francophone world which opened up to talking about diversity at UofL and in the USA. Dr. Fonseca-Greber inspired me to engage with diversity and differences. Our class discussions about what makes a language more business-important was challenging to the way I viewed things; speaking different dialects might imply lower education/socioeconomic status contradictory to the solid idea I had about languages. She gave us the opportunity to engage: suggest causes of particular issues, debate possibilities of change, discuss possible solutions. This encouragement to participate made me more willing to share my thoughts and less scared of speaking my mind outside classrooms. It made me able to negotiate different views, as well as taught me how to deal with opposing opinions in another way than just dismissing them. Dr. Fonseca-Greber has also inspired me to open up to new perspectives. In class, non-immigrants were struck with the realization of how lucky they are. My American colleagues seemed to take for granted growing up in places where people in the community spoke the same language, shared the same culture, and understood the same humor. Those points that may seem trivial can determine someone's life, well-being, and happiness. Not being able to communicate in a foreign country is hard, so how about having to permanently reside in one for a safer life? Dr. Fonseca-Greber has connected us to each other and to the world by helping us imagine being in someone else's shoes. In addition to inspiring me to think outside the box, Dr. Fonseca-Greber strengthened the notion of honor and integrity in me. She taught me that my opinion matters; every human being deserves to be heard. She taught me life-changing concepts in the simplest ways: not all options are black and white, but numerous shades of grey in between. She exemplified being honorable and noble by giving students a fair chance, listening to our opinions equally, and not letting prejudices get in the way. Additionally, Dr. Fonseca-Greber showed me how the professor-student communication should be by believing in us, caring for every students' academics as well as life struggles, and trying to solve our issues individually. All of these made me strive to be as honorable. I deeply appreciate Dr. Fonseca-Greber's efforts to help students think beyond themselves. I finally met a person who truly understands the struggle of my family of not completely blending in with the American society. Although I have been learning English in Egypt since I was in first grade, I still strive to understand some of the cultural differences I encounter in America. Even though I can speak fluent English, I sometimes fail to understand the American humor my friends share. Although a non-immigrant American, Dr. Fonseca-Greber relates to and expresses the difficulties non-native speakers face. Meeting a knowledgeable professor like Dr. Fonseca-Greber makes me realize that great people like her do exist.
  • Click to Show/HideKaren Freberg
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Definitely one of the best!
  • Click to Show/HideLauren Freeman
    Philosophy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Freeman is unlike any professor I have had in my three years at UofL. She is unbiased in her grading, and in her lectures in class, she presents well-researched materials and takes a genuine interest in the opinions of her students in regards to her practice. I have never had a professor who was so willing to alter her methods on the fly based on reviews from students mid-semester. She attempts to see every student individually whenever possible and provides a vast source of information for students outside of the required books to help aid their understanding of the material. She is an incredible professor, and I believe that despite her youth, she has earned this recognition.

    If not for Professor Freeman and her passion for teaching and philosophy, I would never have thought to minor in philosophy. I have never been more challenged in a class than I have from her.

    Dr. Freeman is an amazing professor, and in this class, not only did I learn a lot but the ethical problems that we learned about opened my eyes. This is the best kind of class a student can take, and Dr. Freeman is an amazing professor.
  • Click to Show/HideLeslie Friesen
    Fine Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    The word that comes to mind when I think of Leslie is "dedicated," but even that doesn't quite seem to cut it. She truly goes above and beyond for her students in the Communication Art & Design BFA Program, both educationally and personally. She is a real teacher, always showing us tips, giving us helpful critique, encouraging us, and pushing us to do good work. There are so many examples of this. She will frequently and happily stay after class to answer our questions or give us a tutorial about Adobe InDesign. She chooses to get personally invested in each of our projects. I did a book project this semester, and I needed a page from an old hymnal with a particular hymn on it to scan and use in my book. Leslie not only listened to my ideas, but she went home and looked through the hymnals she had to see if she had the page I needed. She remembers what artists we respect and admire. (For instance, she recently sent me a link about Steven Heller, one of my career heroes.) She takes an interest in each of us personally, the things we love, and the things we hope to do in the future. She recently suggested I try to take a class in the Critical & Curatorial Studies department because I'm interested in writing about design. She's a creative and brilliant person. She's always coming up with ideas for everything. And because she is such a dedicated professor, she chooses to use those things ”the ways she's wired” to help her students and make us better designers. She could be doing any number of things in the design world and be very successful. It's humbling to me that she chooses to teach and that I get to be one of her students. I came to UofL quite unexpectedly. It's turned out to be the perfect fit for me, and that's largely because of Leslie's skill in teaching and dedication to her students. I count it an honor to learn from her.

    Leslie Friesen is the best professor I have ever had at the University of Louisville. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field, both as an instructor and as an Art Director. She is always ready to answer questions and help students in an out of the classroom. She doesn't just hand out assignments and grade them, she makes her classes to where you gain experience and skill applicable to real-world professional environments. Evidence of this is her taking design students to the Welch Printing plant in order to see and understand scenarios and tech we will undoubtedly encounter when we enter the workforce. Additionally, Leslie instituted Portfolio Day in which, in the last semester of a Art Communication and Design student's college career, they display their portfolios for companies and individuals to look at and potentially hire the respective student. She also uses her contacts in the design world to locate and notify students of available internships they can apply to. Leslie isn't just concerned with checking boxes and slapping on grades, she's concerned with preparing fully capable, knowledgeable, and professional designers to have successful careers in the real world! Leslie is CA&D;'s "design mom." She's always there to help. At the same time, however, she challenges you to work hard, to expand your knowledge, to try new things, to do more independent work outside of class, and to go the extra mile. Leslie is an incredible professor, and she does the University of Louisville credit!
  • Click to Show/HideAndrea Gaughan
    Geography and Geosciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I took GEOS 200: Introduction to the Global Environment with Dr. Gaughan to fulfill my Gen. Ed. requirement for science. Despite the lukewarm attendance and participation of other members of the class, Dr. Gaughan did a fabulous job of explaining the concepts and really put a lot of effort into every class session. I learned a lot from her, appreciated her explanations and anecdotes, as well as her friendly, laid-back demeanor. I almost want to switch my major to geography after taking this class!
  • Click to Show/HideJessica Gibb
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    She's a great professor and is always willing to help if you have questions. I loved her class!
  • Click to Show/HideJohn Gibson
    Philosophy
    College of Arts and Sciences
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  • Click to Show/HideWilliam Gibson
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Brad Shuck and Dr. William Gibson are both outstanding instructors.
  • Click to Show/HideStephan Gohmann
    Economics
    College of Business
    Great professor, engages with his students and enjoys teaching.

    Teaches a fun class! He is always easy to talk to and considers all students' ideas.

    Extremely engaging and insightful. Extensive knowledge of subject and course.

    Dr. Gohmann's class, Economics 375: Capitalism and Economic Freedom, has been one of my favorite classes in college. The discussion-based format pushed the bounds of my knowledge and understanding of the material. I grew intellectually and solidified my belief structure. This class is the essence of a liberal education, which I am seeking, and I would quickly recommend Dr. Gohmann to any and all students.

    This guy is a winner.

    I really enjoyed his class and found it to be one of the best classes I've taken at Louisville.

    I enjoy the discussion-based approach that Dr. Gohmann uses in his Economics 375 seminar. Furthermore, the readings we have touched upon have been thought-provoking, and I have learned much from this class.
  • Click to Show/HideZhanna Goldentul
    Theatre Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Zhanna is always willing to go above and beyond for all of her students and student employees, whether through teaching multiple independent studies so her students can learn new skills or even learning new techniques along side her students. Zhanna is more than just an instructor but also a mentor for professional-level business interaction, whether helping her students start new fashion lines or assisting them with designing a show for the department. The standards Zhanna instills in her students are far higher than the many professional standards they find outside of the university.
  • Click to Show/HideAlan Golding
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Golding was a wonderful teacher and mentor! I'm very thankful for the knowledge I gained in his classroom.
  • Click to Show/HideKathleen Gosser
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. G is a great instructor.
  • Click to Show/HideCraig Grapperhaus
    Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He is a very organized teacher who was successful in teaching complex graduate material in a fashion that was very approachable. Outside of class, he was often present to help out, and he seems to genuinely care about the quality that his students learn.
  • Click to Show/HideKathryn Green
    Humanities
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is the best. She is always patient and more than willing to help you in any way. She is very diligent and keeps the class focused but is fun and an all-around amazing teacher. She knows her subject and had a passion for what she teaches, only resulting in an awesome class and receiving the same passion. I had her for an 8 a.m., and I always looked forward to waking up. I learned more from her in four months than I did from any English teacher in my four years of high school.
  • Click to Show/HideSusan Griffin
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Griffin is the smartest and most caring educator I have ever had.
  • Click to Show/HideJames Grubola
    Fine Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I appreciate Professor Grubola's incredible skill in drawing, his dedication to teaching, and his passion for quality. He always has time for his students. I had reservations about attending such a large school but from day one to this, my final semester, he has always been generous and provided remarkable assistance and support in my goal to become a better draughtsman.
  • Click to Show/HideHumberto Gutierrez
    Physics and Astronomy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Very helpful and readily to help students.
  • Click to Show/HideMarion Hambrick
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Hambrick has been the most influential and helpful professor I have had to this point in my college career, and I don't envision anyone passing him up. He is truly passionate about helping his students succeed and accomplish their goals.

    Professor Hambrick has been a great professor. We always have interesting discussions in class, and he is always there to help his students outside of the classroom.
  • Click to Show/HideMuna Hammash
    School of Nursing
    Professor Hammash was an excellent instructor this semester, due to always offering advice regarding assignments and willing to work with you on finding the best solution for issues a student may have with an assignment. She also was available for students to ask questions and returned emails, phone calls, and texts in a timely manner. A quality she possesses that made her stand out was she always strived for students to do their best and be able to achieve their goals.
  • Click to Show/HideMeg Hancock
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Hancock is one of my favorite instructors ever. She challenged me in the classroom, supported me through tough life decisions and became one of my life mentors. She is now a friend. Thank you, Dr. Hancock, for your mentorship.

    She's great. If the Jedi were to recruit one faculty member from the University of Louisville, I am certain they would pick her.
  • Click to Show/HideBrandon Harwood
    Humanities
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Harwood was absolutely amazing. His classes were always interesting, and it was easy to walk away from each class knowing more than I did before. Thanks to him, I've decided to declare humanities as a double major. It'll be extra work, but I really enjoy the content, and without Professor Harwood's great first introduction to the department, I may not have realized how much I love it.
  • Click to Show/HideBarry Haworth
    Economics
    College of Business
    I think Professor Haworth is a great teacher because he thoroughly enjoys his job and is able to get students engaged. He is a difficult teacher, but he provides the resources and material to get ahead in his class. He is always available to meet with students. He personally relates to his students, both inside and outside the classroom. He wrote me a letter of recommendation and used much of his time to get it sent in. I think that most everyone in his class could agree with me.

    Professor Haworth is one of the best instructors at the university. He takes the time to interact with his students on a more personal level--something which can be somewhat rare at the college level. It takes a special talent to make a lot of the material covered in his class as interesting and exciting as he made it. Professor Haworth is super intelligent but still has the ability to discuss material in a way that every person in the room can understand. I have truly enjoyed having him as my instructor this semester.

    Lectures were an art form. It was repeatedly evident that not only did Dr. Haworth care about the material, he cared even more about his students understanding it on a conceptual and case-by-case level. A peerless educator!
  • Click to Show/HideDedra Hayden
    School of Nursing
    Dedra is a great instructor because of her knowledge and down-to-earth personality. She is constantly challenging students, and she is fun to be around.
  • Click to Show/HideAnn Herd
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Herd's encouragement to keep striving for the best is probably the most impactful part of her teaching. Dr. Herd is a positive force behind pushing through to the end. I am enriched as her student.

    She made you feel your learning and prepared you for the workforce.

    Ann had a lot of "freshmen" in her graduate class this semester, including myself, and she was very encouraging to all!
  • Click to Show/HideNicole Herring
    Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology
    School of Medicine
    Dr. Herring teaches and directs the Dental Gross and Neuroanatomy course for dental students, and I am sure also handles the Medical School too. A lot of our class has only had superficial anatomy education from undergrad. Some of us haven't even been in a classroom for a few years. So Dr. Herring had a difficult class in us, and we didn't make it easy. But she was a trooper, and once we got a rhythm of teaching and learning going, Dr. Herring took advantage of it and crammed what must be a year and a half's worth of material into an hour credit class for one semester. And she did it well. I could see my progress in the class because I didn't start out well, but I am finishing strong. That's because Dr. Herring is a great teacher and values a learning environment; a concept which she takes to heart. I wish her the best, and I hope that she is recognized for her achievements.
  • Click to Show/HideRyan Heryford
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Heryford was a great professor this semester because he had great enthusiasm about the day's lecture which in turn made me enthusiastic about participating in his course.
  • Click to Show/HideAmy Higdon
    School of Nursing
    I'm thankful to God to have such a wonderful teacher. Thanks for caring.

    Professor Higdon put a great amount of effort into ensuring we had varied and substantial clinical experiences this semester. We had a chance to experience such a variety of clinical settings. It will certainly be valuable when we graduate and are then knowledgeable about these areas. Additionally, her classroom teaching was top-notch and always interesting. I want her to know that her efforts to expand our knowledge base is greatly appreciated.
  • Click to Show/HideDaniel Hill
    Theatre Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Hill is an excellent teacher. I took his Acting for Non-Majors this semester (Fall 2014) and found myself nervous going into the class. Professor Hill was welcoming and made the classroom a safe place to be in front of your peers. By the end of the course, I realized I had learned so much more than acting skills, but life lessons on how to hold a conversation and be able to look a stranger in the eyes.
  • Click to Show/HideCody Hinton
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    I have had the chance to have Cody as a teacher in the past. This semester was different. I was more comfortable around her when she was around me. I am not the only one. She had a relationship with everyone in her class. She takes the time to personally understand her students and learn from them as they do from her.
  • Click to Show/HideRegina Hirn
    Special Education
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Hirn is the most patient and kind teacher I have had since coming to the University of Louisville. She will do whatever you need to help you be successful.

    Dr. Hirn has been the best professor I have had since first attending college. She takes into consideration everyone's learning styles and creates interesting and engaging lectures. I truly look up to her as an educator!
  • Click to Show/HideAmy Hirschy
    Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel
    College of Education and Human Development
    Excellent professor. We all love her mentoring, kindness, and patience. What a wonderful person...
  • Click to Show/HideKathryn Hopkins
    Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel
    College of Education and Human Development
    I really enjoyed the way Katy's classes were arranged. There was much time for group conversation and reflection, and I felt like she truly was engaged with us. It was a bonus that our class was extra small as it created an intimate atmosphere.
  • Click to Show/HidePenny Howell
    Middle and Secondary Education
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Howell has gone above and beyond to bring enthusiasm and passion into the classroom to educate middle level educator candidates. She took the time to look over my work, give any help I needed, and always responded quickly. She is kind, always fair, and is the most approachable person. She has made a huge difference in the way I look at middle level education.
  • Click to Show/HideLenore Hoyt
    Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Wonderful teacher who always makes sure her students understand the material before she moves on. She genuinely cares about each student and that they have a full understanding of the course material. It was a pleasure to have her as my chemistry teacher.

    I am a non-traditional student and have never had a chemistry class until Chem 105. I have learned more from this instructor than from any before her. Chemistry has been difficult and taken a lot of work outside of class, but Dr. Hoyt is an exceptional teacher. Dr. Hoyt is very upbeat and interesting when she teaches; she has helped me to better understand the world I live in.

    She is such a fun and insightful teacher! I've learned more in one semester of her class than I learned in any of my high school science classes combined! Dr. Hoyt's chemistry class is challenging but something I looked forward to, and her outstanding teaching style resulted in my success in her class.

    She is a talented and fair teacher. She is very knowledgeable about chemistry, and it was very noticeable how passionate she was about teaching it to us.

    Despite the fact that chemistry is my worst subject, Dr. Hoyt's class is by far my favorite. I can tell she really cares about her students and wants us to succeed.

    Dr. Hoyt has been my absolute favorite professor in my college experience. She is so intelligent but is very good at communicating her thoughts, which is sometimes rare in a professor. She makes chemistry fun and interesting with her knowledge and wit. I always looked forward to going to her class. Excellent professor.
  • Click to Show/HideMary Hums
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Hums is by far the best teacher I have ever had. Dr. Hums truly cares about her students and would do anything for us. She is one of the most experienced and educated people I have ever met. She betters her students and does everything she can to help us succeed.
  • Click to Show/HideGregory Hutcheson
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Great person, fun, funny, wise, awesome classes, cares about students, and he is always willing to help everyone at any time. One of the best in this department.
  • Click to Show/HideIbrahim Imam
    Computer Engineering and Computer Science
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Dr. Imam makes sure to help and guide all of his students to the best of his ability. Although some students may not agree that he is a good instructor, his lectures are very detailed and informative. Probably one of the best professors I have had at Speed School.
  • Click to Show/HideJason Immekus
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Jason is an engaging professor of statistics with a keen sense of practical application. The ability to utilize my own data for analysis gave real-life meaning to the conceptual understanding of complex information. Great addition to the University of Louisville.
  • Click to Show/HideJay Irby
    Psychological and Brain Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I've taken three psychology classes taught by Dr. Irby, and I've learned so much from his teachings. He's passionate about psychology, down-to-earth, has a great sense of humor, and understands what it's like to be a college student.
  • Click to Show/HideAbdel-Qader (Abed) Jamhawi
    Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Abed is the best TA that I had. He even helped with my chem 208 course when he was not my TA anymore. He really cares about students and does anything that he can to help them.
  • Click to Show/HideCarly Johnson
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Ms. Johnson made class enjoyable. I was eager to go to class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of every week. Every assignment served a purpose. Ms. Johnson is personable, knowledgeable, and inspiring. I've never had a teacher so passionate about teaching. Personally, I am attending the University of Louisville to receive a degree in education, therefore, Ms. Johnson is a perfect example of someone that I aspire to teach like in the future.

    Two thumbs up.
  • Click to Show/HideRicky Jones
    Pan-African Studies
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Jones is a great professor. While going through high school, I have had teachers that I liked and that were pretty good, but Dr. Jones is definitely a professor who goes above and beyond for his students. This year I took Intro to Pan-African Studies with Dr. Jones. He stands out as a professor because of his knowledge for the subject and how he makes you feel so intrigued to learn about African American history. When you first get the book for his class, you look at it and think, "this is about to be so boring, and I don't know if I want to be in a class that is required to read all of this," but Dr. Jones takes learning in his class to a different level. The way he teaches the information makes you want to pick up the book and read farther than what he tells you in class, and it makes you want to come to class because the information is so interesting. Also Dr. Jones doesn't hesitate to tell us to visit during his office hours anytime. He is a professor who is open and willing to help students in any way.

    Engaging teacher who forces his class to think in an era of education where we are used to only regurgitating information. Also very charismatic teacher who takes his job seriously but allows fun and freedom of expression.
  • Click to Show/HideLara Kelland
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Lara Kelland has had an immeasurable impact on my academic career and my learning and growth as a historian and as a person. Passionate, thoughtful, and intelligent, she imparts her love of history on every one of her students. She, of course, has her own view of the theories and methodology of history, however, rather than simply imparting these views on her students, she encourages debate and growth. Without her, it would have been impossible for me to participate in the projects that I have participated in at the University of Louisville. It is to her that I owe much of my advancement in the study of history.
  • Click to Show/HideStephen Kendra
    Computer Information Systems
    College of Business
    Prof K is one of the best professors I have ever had. He actually cares about his students and actually wants us to learn and do well. He made a very time-consuming and somewhat boring class actually worthwhile, and I have never heard another student in this class or other classes of his speak badly of him or his teaching. He is awesome! Professor Kendra is one of the most influential professors I have had during my college experience. He is one of the most helpful and caring professors and actually cares about his students and cares that we do well. He is a big reason I actually decided to go with the major I did and has been so helpful during the process. I couldn't ask for a better professor.
  • Click to Show/HideKevin Kennedy
    Aerospace Studies/Industrial Engineering
    College of Arts and Sciences/J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Lt Col Kennedy has been one of the most influential people in my education thus far. I am an ROTC cadet, as well as a mathematics major, though I did take his IE 590 class for Spreadsheet Modeling. He helps out all of his students and has an open door policy, so whatever questions we as students have, he answers them and is always there to not only talk but also help with real-life problems. Whenever a student comes in, they come first and he drops all of his work; again, the STUDENT comes first, even outside of office hours. He understands that being in college is hard. Switching into independence and all of the struggling that goes along with it, he has helped me apply for scholarships and also given me aid through the UofL AFROTC tuition remission fund, which has kept me in school altogether. He also aids in my other classes and is concerned about not only my grades but all of his students, for both ROTC and his IE classes. In class he makes jokes, teaches in a way that helps all types of learners, and has each person do a presentation to work on their real-life briefing skills. Lt Col Kennedy understands that education goes far above the classroom. He makes sure that whatever we learn and take out of his lectures can aid in building better people in the real world and in our respective work places. I feel a lot of teachers miss that what we learn has to be not only "learned" but applied. It isn't about memorizing useless facts but applying them to be better workers and people. He is under appreciated and deserves recognition for his hard work and dedication to those two programs and to this University as a whole.
  • Click to Show/HideJessica Kincaid
    Fine Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Jessica opened up a whole new world of art for her students, beyond what we could find in a textbook. Despite this being her first year of teaching, she provided an excellent service to the university by giving us a thought-provoking, challenging, and fun learning experience. On multiple occasions, Jessica took us outside of the classroom to galleries and exhibitions (one of which wasn't even ready to be viewed yet!) These trips were essential to learning about art history because we were given hands-on experiences that would spark creative analytical thinking. This class was truly enjoyable, and I shall remember it as one of my favorite college experiences at UofL.
  • Click to Show/HideRay Klein
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Demanding but very fair.

    Mr. Klein is not only a wonderful instructor, but also encouraged me to continue chasing my degree and dreams. He made a profound impact on my life.

    I have obtained a vast amount of knowledge from this class. The instructor is phenomenal!! His method of teaching is unsurpassed by any instructor.
  • Click to Show/HideTracy K'Meyer
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is a phenomenal professor and taught history in a way I hadn't experienced before. In other history classes I've taken at UofL, the professor would make me feel uncomfortable when discussing African Americans in the U.S. by making us seem irrelevant. K'meyer taught it with understanding and gave me a sense of pride in my ancestors. I would recommend her to anyone, and I would love for her to be recognized for her dedication to teaching real history in a unbiased manner.
  • Click to Show/HidePaula Kommor
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    Paula truly cares about student success. She carefully plans out lessons that use active learning techniques to engage students fully. Paula keeps class positive and upbeat. One of my favorite techniques from class is when she instructs students to turn to the nearest person and tell the best thing that happened since the last class. This simple activity completely changes the mood and brings a sense of gratitude into the room. Paula is always accessible and tells students to remember her as a resource for job references. She is a real treasure at the University of Louisville.
  • Click to Show/HideKaren Kopelson
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She made a difficult subject fun and less scary. She was patient and very helpful. She is one of my favorite teachers at UofL.
  • Click to Show/HideElizabeth Krauss
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    It was my first semester back to college after 20+ years. I was so fortunate that her style was aligned with my learning. She was well prepared in advance, and her assignments were always available ahead of her commitments. My course was online, and she also made sure that all of her lectures were online videos with her presenting verbal as well as written documentation. She is extremely prompt in all of her responses and professional. For this I am nominating her for this recognition.

    I would like to nominate both Sherry Duffy and Elizabeth Krauss from the ELFH program. My husband and I lost our child on 10/25/14. Sherry and Elizabeth worked with me, not only giving me time to grieve and physically heal, but also working very hands on, once I was able to return. They were available to me day and night. They walked me through what was left of the course to ensure I understood, since I was still in a haze. These women supported me during the most difficult time in my life, and I will never forget it. They are both beautiful, incredible women and have certainly earned the badge of my favorite educators for the rest of my life.
  • Click to Show/HideMonica Krupinski
    Humanities
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Krupinski is so nice and truly engages her students in classroom discussion that allows us to truly use and expand our critical thinking skills.
  • Click to Show/HideVenetia Lacy
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She cares for her students and treats them with friendliness and respect. She is also safe for trans and queer students.
  • Click to Show/HideA. Scott LaJoie
    Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Dr. LaJoie's class has been consistently challenging and entertaining at the same time. The areas of study have broadened my understanding of public health's coverage and have encouraged me to investigate different areas of focus in my planned degree programs.

    Excellent and engaging teacher who had excellent rapport with students.
  • Click to Show/HideAdrian Lauf
    Computer Engineering and Computer Science
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    One of the best classes I've taken, and every class was very interesting.
  • Click to Show/HideAriana Levinson
    Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
    Professor Levinson is one of the most dedicated professors I have ever met. Very professional and enthusiastic. Her knowledge of the subject is outstanding. Many students look up to her, and each one of us respects her. She has an amazing and very quirky sense of humor which makes learning a dry subject of Evidence more enjoyable. As I understand, Professor Levinson had some serious health issues in the past year or two, but it never affected her dedication to her students--very impressive. Way to go, Professor Levinson!!!
  • Click to Show/HideRichard Lewine
    Psychological and Brain Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Lewine has served as my clinical supervisor (both directly and indirectly) since I started the Clinical Psychology doctoral program in 2013. He has provided his graduate students with a terrific training experience, and I feel fortunate that we may benefit from his knowledge and expertise. Dr. Lewine has gone above and beyond to help foster and develop my clinical skills and experiences. Additionally, Dr. Lewine has served as a source of professional support, as well as a source of much needed humor. Many students (myself included) view Dr. Lewine as an excellent resource for academic, clinical, and professional support. Of all the faculty in the department, he stands out the most. Thank you, Dr. Lewine, for all you have done to train and support us! We ALL really appreciate you!
  • Click to Show/HideEdward Liggett
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    For a first-time teacher, Ed has really helped me learn anatomy in a fun way. I feel lucky to have had him as my instructor and hope he continues to teach this class.
  • Click to Show/HideKimcherie Lloyd
    Performance Studies
    School of Music
    She is an inspiring teacher and conductor, as well as a wonderful role model for women in both the field of music and in the professional world.
  • Click to Show/HideDouglas Lorenz
    Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Dr. Lorenz expressed the most caring attitude towards his course as well as his students. His class had the most organized course work and the most helpful study materials. I have learned a lot in his class, and his class made a big difference with me.
  • Click to Show/HideLisa Love
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    Professor Love was a tremendous teacher who made a positive impact on my education this semester. In my last few years, it has been hard trying to keep me motivated to listen and pay attention in class. She made it easy. She incorporated her class with topics and experiences. She has given us real-life scenarios in order to prepare us for our life. She's pretty amazing!
  • Click to Show/HideRobert Luginbill
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He is always so nice and willing to help with anything. You can tell he really cares about his students. He is very patient with those who have a tougher time learning.
  • Click to Show/HideThomas Mackey
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Mackey is the most dynamic faculty member I have had during my time at the University of Louisville. He is a rare combination of rigorous and compassionate. His standards are completely unwavering, but he would never leave a student behind that wanted to benefit from his class. His interest in his students extends beyond the time he spends in the classroom. Dr. Mackey has a vested interest in student success that is the product of his commitment.

    Very concerned about students, dedicated to research and writing. A great representative for UofL.
  • Click to Show/HideBrittany MacWilliams
    Performance Studies
    School of Music
    Ms. MacWilliams always greets her students warmly and has a positive energy/attitude. She is constantly supportive and encouraging.
  • Click to Show/HideThomas Maloney
    Philosophy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Maloney is the best. He really cares about his students and is always willing to take time out for them and take an interest in their lives.
  • Click to Show/HideSamuel Marcosson
    Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
    Most engaging professor in law school. Passionate about the subjects he teaches and cares about his students. Spends countless hours giving feedback on writing assignments. Dedicates a great deal of time, effort, and self to coaching an extracurricular moot court team. Hates the passive voice.
  • Click to Show/HidePatricia Martin
    School of Nursing
    Ms. Martin has done an excellent job with her assignments and teaching. She provided meaningful instruction via Tegrity videos and very insightful and timely feedback. It has been an enjoyable learning experience to be in her class.

    She is very thorough in communicating her assignments and is easily accessible, if I have any questions. I was having several family issues during one of my semesters, and I e-mailed my instructors in case I needed extra time to complete my assignments. She called me upon her receipt of my e-mail and was very positive in supporting me with my issues. She encouraged me to remain positive and to keep moving forward toward my degree. Needless to say, I continued moving forward and am graduating on schedule. She is definitely an asset to the students' success in the nursing program.

    Professor Martin not only is an excellent instructor, but she takes her time and communicates with students and gets to know us on a personal level. I can tell Professor Martin loves her job and has a passion to teach and ensure I am successful.

    Pat Martin has been a phenomenal instructor, not just this semester, but in all the semesters I have had the pleasure to take her courses. It is evident that she truly cares about her students, and that is what made the RN-BSN program such a wonderful experience for me, and I can't thank her enough!
  • Click to Show/HideDismas Masolo
    Philosophy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I had Professor Masolo for 20th Century Philosophy. He was extremely passionate about the material we covered. He was engaging and was easy to work with. I appreciated his flexibility and desire to keep students interested. If his teaching style is similar to other members of the Philosophy Department, then I am seriously considering adding it as a major.
  • Click to Show/HideScott Massey
    Fine Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Massey goes above and beyond his duties as an educator and administrative member of the university. He pushes students to expand their talents, both academic and technical. He has been the most influential figure in my life and many others.

    Has been a great source of inspiration and encouragement in helping me grow as an artist.

    Scott is so very committed to every student. He pushes his students, both conceptually and formally, and is also a great role model as an artist, instructor and person to look up to.
  • Click to Show/HideKeri Mathis
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She takes out time, as she is a graduate student, to teach us and provides the help we need to do well in her class.
  • Click to Show/HideStephen Mattingly
    Performance Studies
    School of Music
    All-around great teacher. Very passionate. Makes you want to come to school.
  • Click to Show/HideJennifer McCants
    General Dentistry and Oral Medicine
    School of Dentistry
    Always encouraging the students to have confidence in their abilities.
  • Click to Show/HideAdam McCord
    Performance Studies
    School of Music
    The best music teacher I've ever had. He's understanding when things don't always go well, and he is a master of his art and of music in general. He's the reason I came to UofL, and the reason I'm glad I came here.
  • Click to Show/HideW. Mark McGinley
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    No one deserves this more. Cares about every student. He's at school from 7 a.m. to about 9 p.m. (sometimes later) every school day. Comes in on weekends too. He is always available to help us. Wonderful and brilliant man.
  • Click to Show/HideEdward McInnis
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He made a subject in which I have never been interested in come alive and interesting. I truly enjoyed my online course experience and structure of Prof McInnis class. I learned a lot from his online lectures. Please tell him, however, not to use too much color because printing out the lecture really eats up the ink. Thank him for making my last semester a good learning experience.
  • Click to Show/HideRalph Merkel
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He has helped me with researching grad schools and coming up with a plan to achieve my career goals.

    His relentless energy in the classroom and excitement to teach are what make him such a great educator!
  • Click to Show/HideRodney Merkley
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    I took 316-50 this semester and Rod, while helping to teach me about Strategic Facilitation, was always positive in his feedback. He helped to build my confidence and helped teach me how to be a better trainer.

    Very good at explaining and taking the extra time to do one-on-one discussion. Excellent feedback when questions were asked.

    Rod Merkley is the best online class teacher. If every online professor taught like him, this world would be a better place.
  • Click to Show/HideMichael Metz
    General Dentistry and Oral Medicine
    School of Dentistry
    Dr. Metz not only presented his class in a clear and engaging way, but he showed his own passion for the subject. His excellent teaching provided me with a vision for me to model my future, as I develop into a dentist.
  • Click to Show/HideKathy Meyer
    Office of Student Involvement
    Student Affairs
    Kathy is an exceptional, hardworking, and enthusiastic role model who continues to guide countless students at this University. She works diligently to engage the campus community in service events and humanitarian efforts. Although she does not teach in a classroom, she helps students learn and grow in truly beneficial ways. Without her support and guidance, I would not be able to reach my full potential and become an inspiring leader.
  • Click to Show/HideKim Meyer
    School of Nursing
    Kim is an incredible asset to the university! I know she works full time at the UofL Hospital and is also pursuing her doctorate and still managed to provide rich, up-to-date, practical and comprehensive information for our class. I honestly don't know how she manages it all. She was always available and never seemed to mind even the most mundane of questions. Made herself available not only via email, but also gave us her personal cell phone number and encouraged us to even text, if we found that to be more convenient. She was just so very approachable and down-to-earth, that just having her as an instructor really alleviated a lot of anxiety this semester. I was very pleased to hear she would be returning next semester and that I'd again get to have her as an instructor.
  • Click to Show/HideCynthia Miller
    Physiology and Biophysics
    School of Medicine
    She is just absolutely the best teacher and educator I have had in my entire life.

    She is the best!!

    Amazing professor. Very dedicated to the students and cares that we understand the topics. Great person and she deserves this award every year hands down!

    Of all the teachers we have had this semester, she is the only one that I feel is worthy of the title "Teacher." Her notes are together, her presentations are clear, and her expectations articulated well. She teaches us and then actually tests us on what she taught us. A novel concept, lost on every other so-called teacher I have had here so far. All other teachers seems to throw us every fragment of information available on a particular subject and then randomly test the minutia of intricate details that weren't lectured on or were briefly mentioned. Dr. Miller tests hard, but it is on material she taught. She grades tough, but again, it is fair because she taught us well. She grades fast, grades from tests are usually back the same day. She is approachable and doesn't come across as a pompous academic when you have a question. She is a great asset to the program, and all should be done to keep her as a professor at the ULSD.
  • Click to Show/HideSarah Miller
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I absolutely loved this class and thought Sarah explained the material very well.
  • Click to Show/HideElizabeth Munnich
    Economics
    College of Business
    Professor Munnich goes above and beyond to make sure that we understand the material. Health Economics is not an easy class content wise, but she teaches it in a way that it becomes applicable and understandable, yet still challenging. She talks to students like adults and peers rather than subordinates, which makes her approachable and easy to talk to (even about things not related to class). She makes an effort to incorporate current events and trending topics into our lectures, which keeps things from getting redundant or boring. She's flexible and willing to compromise with students, like moving an exam back a class if it will benefit everyone. She's also always accessible outside of class to help with anything you need. I know she's still relatively new as a professor, but I hope, for the sake of future students in the Business School, that she decides to stick around because she's a wonderful educator.
  • Click to Show/HideMichael Nantz
    Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences
    By far, the best professor I had during my time at the University of Louisville.
  • Click to Show/HideOlfa Nasraoui
    Computer Engineering and Computer Science
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Very helpful and an excellent teacher.
  • Click to Show/HideJohn Nelson
    Economics
    College of Business
    Go Econ.
  • Click to Show/HideAllison Ogden
    Academic and Professional Studies
    School of Music
    Dr. Ogden is a wonderful educator. She is very well-versed in the content of her classes. The setup of the course is done so that, if you apply yourself to the assignments, you will be able to pass with ease. She is very relatable, and I personally had a great experience, as I am a disabled veteran, registered through the Disabilities Office, and she was very diligent in making sure that all of my needs were met. I am very grateful to have had Dr. Allison Ogden as a teacher, and I would highly recommend her to others as well.
  • Click to Show/HideBrenda Ortiz-Loyola
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Ortiz-Loyola's positivity, enthusiasm, and passion are absolutely infectious! She makes every class entertaining and enjoyable, while still managing to cover all necessary material. She always makes sure that no one leaves her class with unanswered questions; it is obvious that she cares as deeply for the act of teaching itself as she does for her subject matter. She brings a great deal of cultural knowledge and understanding into the way she teaches the Spanish language, and this is both interesting in its own right, as well as helpful in the learning process. She is an excellent professor who I would take again in a heartbeat and recommend readily to anyone!

    Even though this was her first semester here at UofL, it was such a joy to have her as my professor. Dr. Ortiz-Loyola is very knowledgeable in her field and very passionate about teaching. I hope to have her again as a professor in the future.
  • Click to Show/HideMarybeth Orton
    Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel
    College of Education and Human Development
    She is awesome. "It depends" is her favorite phrase in discussing treatment and approaches to clients. It's funny because it's true, and it is a reminder that in mental health counseling, everything exists on a spectrum of grays, without absolute black or white decisions.
  • Click to Show/HideJason Osborne
    Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Osborne is very knowledgeable and passionate about the work he does, which makes class engaging. He graciously offered to teach an extra statistics course in the spring and wrote the textbook for his students throughout the semester. He taught in such a way that I, someone who has long struggled with stats, was able to clearly understand. The time and energy he put into teaching this extra course did not go unnoticed and was very much appreciated. Dr. Osborne is an excellent professor, and I would recommend him to any student.

    Dr. Osborne has a knack for seeing the potential in his students and motivating students to push themselves. He extends collaboration opportunities to students that many faculty would not have the patience to pursue. He is also incredibly supportive. I have seen many students thrive under Dr. Osborne's guidance (including myself).

    Dr. Osborne was an excellent teacher. First, he agreed to teach the course after several students requested it. Additionally, he wrote the text for our course, and it was a readable, engaging text. He went above and beyond to work on the book so that we would have it as a resource. Finally, he structured his course so the focus was on the students' mastery of the material. I think he deserves acknowledgement for his commitment to students.

    Dr. Osborne taught ECPY 702 solely because students asked for the course to be taught, and Dr. Osborne recognized the need for the course. He was an excellent teacher, and I can with surety state that he taught me a great amount of useful tools for my everyday life as a professional. Dr. Osborne did a wonderful job teaching difficult concepts and letting us learn statistical skills in an applied manner. Further, he even used his own book for the course, which he wrote simultaneously to teaching ECPY 702. The book was well written and was easy to understand. Overall, I am glad that I was able to take Dr. Osborne's ECPY 702 course.

    On top of being the ECPY department chair, Dr. Osborne taught Applied Regression this semester. Dr. Osborne agreed to teach the course upon student request, even though it was not part of his teaching load. Currently, Dr. Osborne is writing a book on best practices in regression. Each week, Dr. Osborne would provide us with a draft of his book chapter, which he was writing as he taught the course. However, these chapters were incredibly well-organized and coherent. I never would have guessed that they were drafts! Dr. Osborne was even kind enough to provide each student with a hard copy of the book he wrote on factor analysis. Due to missed time with the snow days, Dr. Osborne offered to teach extra courses in the summer so that we could cover factor analysis in more depth. In class, Dr. Osborne conveys passion and enthusiasm for statistics. Many students dread and fear statistics, but Dr. Osborne takes a no-nonsense approach to teaching. He provided us with the tools and skills to conduct analyses, interpret the results, and make meaningful graphs. Dr. Osborne facilitated my growth in statistics, as he taught us how to do useful but rarely reported analyses, like curvilinear modeling. Dr. Osborne was humble in his delivery, emphasizing that no person knows everything about statistics and that we were all learning together. This was an extremely useful course, as Dr. Osborne focused on mastery of important skills used in social science research. I looked forward to and enjoyed this class every week! The University of Louisville is very fortunate to have a talented, caring, and hard-working professor like Dr. Osborne. Thank you for teaching the course!
  • Click to Show/HideHeather Owens
    School of Nursing
    Ms. Heather Owens was a wonderful professor. I learned so much in her health assessment class. She always explained everything in great detail and always made herself readily available for any questions regarding her material. Her tests were clearly focused around lecture material, and she never tried to trick anyone. In health assessment lab, Ms. Heather Owens always demonstrated proper technique and answered questions promptly regarding procedures. I would highly recommend her to anyone willing to learn and ready to work hard, because she will make you work for it, but she will also help you along the way.

    Heather Owens honestly cares about her students. I have had her for several classes in the upper division portion of the BSN program, and she is honestly fantastic. She has high expectations of her students, and everything she says and does, she gears towards somehow trying to make her students the best possible future nurses she can. I appreciate that her stories and explanations give us real insight into situations that we will encounter once we graduate. She has made a difference to the students in upper division, and I feel that she is an asset to the School of Nursing and should be recognized as such.

    Very good teacher! Ms. Owens gave a lot of information that she could relate to and would give great examples of each topic.

    I wish I could have Ms. Owens for an instructor again and again! She is always willing to help and provide clarifications. Her lectures were clear and insightful. Best instructor I have ever had by far!
  • Click to Show/HideSam Park
    Mechanical Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    I have never had a professor who cares about his or her students as much as Dr. Park. Dr. Park is not only a phenomenal instructor but also very kind and approachable outside of the classroom. He frequently reaches out to students who are struggling with the material to help them do better.

    He is the best teacher I have ever had. He truly cares about his students and does whatever he can to help them learn. I wish I could take every class with him for the rest of my school career.

    By far the best professor I have had here at UofL! He truly cares about the performance of his students. I wish all professors at UofL were like Dr. Park!

    Instructor wants every student to succeed as long as they show some effort in his course. Sam Park is a very reasonable professor.

    Dr. Park genuinely puts forth his best effort in presenting material in class. He works with students and understands that sometimes engineering is tough. Dr. Park gives many opportunities for students to succeed and should be recognized for that.

    Dr. Park is an exemplary professor. I am a transfer student who began at UofL J.B. Speed School over the summer. I had a rocky beginning with my Thermodynamics I course. The summer semester course in which I was enrolled rotated through three separate instructors over the course of the summer. I left the summer course feeling as though I had not fully grasped the fundamental concepts required to continue on to Thermodynamics II this Fall. Dr. Park turned that around, and I left the course with a better understanding of not only Thermodynamics I, but a greater appreciation for thermodynamics and its importance after his Thermodynamics II course. Dr. Park went above and beyond his duties to help not only myself, but several of my other classmates as well. He allowed us to meet with him regularly during office hours, as well as offered us supplementary materials from his own Thermo I course to help reinforce our overall understanding of the material, in order to succeed in his Thermodynamics II class. For this, I would take great pleasure in nominating Dr. Sam Park as an integral part of my success as a student this Fall 2014 semester.
  • Click to Show/HideShawn Parkhurst
    Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Having taken multiple courses in the past with Dr. Parkhurst, I can't say I'm surprised by his exceptional teaching and scholarship. However, I never anticipated the guidance and encouragement I have received in taking ANTH 451 this fall. Dr. Parkhurst has gone above and beyond in guiding independent studies for both myself and other students. Throughout the entire process, he has been the perfect combination of encouraging and challenging. Despite the diversity of student projects, he is enthusiastic about each venture. Dr. Parkhurst offers invaluable input regularly while also encouraging his students to make our own choices about both the style and content of our work. His balanced pedagogy allows us to grow intellectually in a supportive environment. I have great confidence in saying that I am a better scholar for having been Dr. Parkhurst's student.
  • Click to Show/HideElizabeth Patton
    Humanities
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is always willing to go above and beyond for her students. She provides an interesting course load and never fails to let us give insight. Dr. Patton understands the importance of respecting her students' beliefs and experiences, but also challenging us to take a step outside of out comfort zone to view life from another perspective. It only took me one class to understand that she is passionate about her career and truly wants to watch her students grow and understand themselves. She is truly the best instructor I have had at this University!

    She is a great professor. Very engaging, and she knows how to balance course work and reading. She understands her students have lives and classes outside of her own, and she's very approachable.
  • Click to Show/HideSusan Peacock
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    Very knowledgeable!
  • Click to Show/HideMichael Perlin
    Biology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Amazing professor! Explains things in a thorough and easy-to-learn way. Very approachable and very willing to help.
  • Click to Show/HideJill Preminger
    Surgery
    School of Medicine
    Dr. Preminger is an advocate for her students and the entire Audiology Department.
  • Click to Show/HideRegina Presley
    Health and Sport Sciences
    College of Education and Human Development
    She is an awesome teacher. She is always eager to help you out, and she is a great listener. She knows how to relate to her students and make them feel comfortable in the classroom. There is never a dull moment is her class!
  • Click to Show/HideKazuko Probst
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is a wonderful teacher, and she inspires you to go beyond what you know and take on opportunities into our own hands. She cares a lot about her students' education, and she refuses to let you fail.
  • Click to Show/HideAndrew Rabin
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Rabin is the best professor I've ever had. I had no idea medieval literature could be so much fun. He challenges his students to think critically and gives them space to grow as writers. He is able to take a humorous approach to learning and make it relevant to the subject material.
  • Click to Show/HideShesh Rai
    Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Dr. Rai does an excellent job of connecting the subject matter to real-life issues of statistical studies, whether they be biomedical or focused in another field. He does not just plow through the material, but challenges students to think about the "how" and "why" of the methodologies being taught. I appreciated also that he made a point of learning every student's name; it makes it a more personal environment, and I believe that everyone is encouraged to try harder. As well, Dr. Rai's ability to bring some levity to a subject like statistics, a subject dreaded by some though useful to all, is also great for keeping people more engaged. Finally, Dr. Rai provides extra challenges to those students wishing to focus in more depth, and I think that also adds much value and richness to his teaching style.

    Dr. Rai is the best teacher. He cares about each student, cares about the class (PHST680), encouraged everyone to discuss in the class, introduced his research experience related to the class, marked homework and also explained homework in the class, encouraged students to dig the theoretical background of the equation.
  • Click to Show/HidePatricia Ralston
    Engineering Fundamentals
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Great teacher and person overall! Truly cares about all her students!
  • Click to Show/HideAudra Rankin
    School of Nursing
    Dr. Rankin deserves this award because she loves what she does, and it shows when she is teaching. She was great at getting the class involved in discussions and engaged in a fun learning environment. She incorporated social media as a new way to get health-related information, and I think that's a great idea and important because so many people in this generation are using social media.
  • Click to Show/HideMeagan Ray
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I love the different teaching style. It made me more interested in the class. It isn't like a normal English class style, it's actually intriguing and different.
  • Click to Show/HideSara Robertson
    School of Nursing
    She is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Always willing to answer questions and very informative.

    Sara is the best instructor in the nursing department. She is very considerate of students. She does a great job explaining material and helps us to understand what is important for our practice. She is very knowledgeable about primary care and does a great job applying it at a lecture setting. I am so thankful I get to have her again next semester.

    Dr. Robertson is the best instructor I have ever had during my undergraduate or postgraduate experience which includes degrees in both nursing and psychology.
  • Click to Show/HideLinda Rogers
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Excellent professor. Easy to communicate with. Extremely understanding. And very, very helpful with anything that a student needs.
  • Click to Show/HideRegina Roebuck
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Roebuck has been both kind and helpful at every step along the way to my degree in Spanish. From studying abroad, to finding an internship, to writing a thesis, Dr. Roebuck has been an invaluable resource as an academic advisor, a mentor, and a role model in life and in academics. I have been lucky enough to have her in class twice, and I cannot overestimate how hard she works in and out of the classroom to make sure that all students pursuing a Spanish major or minor is prepared and well-advised as to all the opportunities available to them, here at home and abroad.
  • Click to Show/HideFemmy Rose
    Humanities
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Rose was a great professor to have for this Gen Ed class. It made the work fun with creative activities, and our final was unlike my other classes. It was a music video which was fun to make. He was always there to explain things when we didn't understand them, and if you needed help for an assignment, he was more than pleased to help. He made our atmosphere comfortable to where we felt fine to share our poems and personal things. He encouraged class participation, which only helps make our class get to know each other and enjoy the semester together.
  • Click to Show/HideKevin Rose
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    He is compassionate and really listens to his students!!

    This fall was the start of my first semester. Naturally, I was apprehensive at first, as I didn't know what to expect about the course or the beginning of my program. Dr. Rose alleviated all of my concerns as he was always readily available; not only in class, but via email/phone, as well as for any questions/concerns that I had concerning the coursework or my program. He goes "above and beyond" to ensure his students grasp a particular concept--his goal is to help you succeed if you desire to succeed. After collaborating with other students in my courses this semester, they too agreed that he was exemplary in the courses he taught, and they felt that he truly wanted to see them advance in their learning process.

    I would like to nominate Dr. Rose for several reasons. First, as the professor for my first graduate-level course, he went above and beyond to ensure that we not only knew the material but could also apply it in a practical setting. Second, his approachability is second to none, and that is important in a learning environment. Third, out of the 30 classes I have taken online, he was by far the most influential and personable professor. Dr. Rose has made an impact on my educational journey unlike any professor I have had before. The only negative thing I can say about Dr. Rose is that he cannot teach all of my classes in the HROD online graduate degree.

    Dr. Rose deserves to be recognized for making a difference in the classroom. This was my first semester of graduate school in the master's program for Human Resources and Organization Development. It was also a first for me to be enrolled in an online class. Dr. Rose was able to provide clarity, direction, and structure for the foundational class, Evidence-Based Research in Human Resources and Organization Development. He always came prepared, did a great job interacting with students, and was quick to provide resources that would better help us understand and practice what we were learning. He made an online classroom a safe place to ask questions, get the wrong answers, and grow in our understanding. He encouraged us that if we gave our best efforts, he would match that enthusiasm and help us succeed. I am glad that my first experience in this program has been such a positive one, and it was made possible by a great educator like Dr. Rose. Thank you!

    Dr. Rose was able to ease my apprehension with taking online classes and guide me to the successful completion of my first semester of school in many years. Thanks to Dr. Rose, I am confident I will be able to complete the master's program successfully. Fantastic professor. Easy to follow and always willing to help.

    Dr. Rose is down-to-earth and truly wishes to inspire the students in his class to become better leaders. He takes the course very seriously and attempts to get all students involved. He also realizes that we are busy people and respects our time and effort.
  • Click to Show/HideEdna Ross
    Psychological and Brain Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    She is a wonderful instructor. She makes the classes so fun and enjoyable while being able to get information across to her students.

    Hilarious woman and knows her stuff. I loved how she told stories that related to the class content.

    She just made psychology come alive. Every time class was about to finish, I would look at my watch just shocked at how the time flew by. The class was just so fascinating. In addition to that, her exams were easy. They definitely needed critical thinking but they were all logical. If you reasoned through the question enough, you would come up with the answer. That's what I loved about her.
  • Click to Show/HideMary Rotella
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Mary Rotella was very inspirational for me in the area of writing. She is extremely knowledgeable and was always willing to give time to assist or answer questions.
  • Click to Show/HideMichael Rowland
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    Michael has a laid-back teaching style and is very approachable. He makes learning difficult topics fun.
  • Click to Show/HideTerri Rowland
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    I love her calm nature. She's always so zen like. She's very passionate in what she teaches. She is also understanding. Great teacher!
  • Click to Show/HideDaniel Runnels
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He was awesome, passionate about the subject, and extremely engaging! He should definitely win!!!
  • Click to Show/HideMark Running
    Biology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Running is one of the best biology professors I have had so far. It is obvious that Dr. Running is really knowledgeable about the material he teaches and is dedicated to making sure students understand what he covers in class. I appreciate the time he takes to answer questions, both in class and during his office hours. The course is not easy but Dr. Running's teaching style makes things easier. I would definitely recommend Dr. Running to other students planning on taking BIO 329.
  • Click to Show/HideMelanie Schrader
    School of Nursing
    I love Ms. Schrader's caring and understanding attitude. She never takes anything too seriously, which allows her students to feel relaxed in her class -- even for an exam!!! Additionally, Ms. Schrader makes every class session exciting, as she always has a new experience to share with the students every week!
  • Click to Show/HideDana L. Seay
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    I have formed an amazing relationship with Professor Dana Seay! I will be graduating on May 10, 2015, and I have her to thank for playing a vital role in encouraging me to finish the semester despite personal issues I was going through. She deserves this award!
  • Click to Show/HideSandra Sephton
    Psychological and Brain Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Sephton always puts her students first. She inspires us to think critically, go outside of our comfort zones, and to excel in our intellectual curiosities. She challenges us with a graciousness that is rare among educators. Dr. Sephton is not only a wonderful mentor and educator, but a remarkable role model.
  • Click to Show/HideCharles Sharp
    Marketing
    College of Business
    Dr. Sharp is a brilliant professional who engages the classroom with knowledge he used over the course of his career. His capstone class gave me the courage to start my business, and I will forever be thankful.
  • Click to Show/HideCeleste Shawler
    School of Nursing
    I would like to nominate Dr. Shawler due to her outstanding performance during the last semester in teaching the philosophy of nursing course.
  • Click to Show/HideMary P. Sheridan
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Sheridan asks graduate students to learn the ways of our field by engaging in the activities we'll do as members of the academy, with special attention to the fact that these activities will change over time. In our research methods course, we did not just learn about disciplinary methods in practice in writing studies right now; we employed them while interrogating them. Just as importantly, Dr. Sheridan encouraged us to do so in the relatively low-stakes environment of coursework before our dissertation research begins in earnest. Through informal class responses, reflective blog posts, and various presentations, we shared our ideas in communal spaces, practicing collaborative knowledge-making as a way of deep learning and critical thinking. There might not be room in the schedule to offer research methods in writing studies every year, and I know there are many other courses Dr. Sheridan would like to offer. But the purpose of this class and her teaching style are such an astonishingly good match, I wish everyone in our graduate program could have this experience.
  • Click to Show/HideGeorge Shields
    Philosophy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Such and sweet person!!!!
  • Click to Show/HideMary Skinner
    School of Nursing
    Professor Skinner is invaluable in the Nursing Dept. She goes out of her way to help the nursing students absorb and incorporate classroom knowledge into practicing nursing. She also adds humor and personal experience to her teaching methods that really help the students grasp the concepts. She provides assistance in the classroom and gives us students access to her and her colleagues' wealth of knowledge. She is an extraordinary teacher.

    Ms. Skinner was very informative and helpful. You could tell that she genuinely cared about the performance of ALL students, not just favorites. If anyone deserves this award, this selfless professor does!

    Professor Skinner is a phenomenal professor. She is highly educated and very professional in her department. She is extremely helpful, and she is willing to go above and beyond as a professor. You leave her class with a wealth of knowledge that will be used to further your nursing career. She is the best professor I have had so far in my education.

    Ms. Mary Skinner was actually one of my favorite professors through my entire time in school thus far. She brings enthusiasm to the classroom. Ms. Skinner teaches pathophysiology incredibly well. She taught very clearly, and I was never confused. I feel like I have not only completed this course well, but I have also learned a great deal of information. Having a teacher who makes it so important for you to understand the material is refreshing. I never felt overwhelmed in her class, but I also never felt as though I was above any information taught. She was an outstanding teacher. I will walk away a more intelligent student because of Ms. Skinner.

    Ms. Skinner was an amazing teacher and always so enthusiastic! I've never had a teacher in my four years at UofL make a class so interesting and exciting!

    Ms. Skinner has proven to be not just my favorite instructor this year but my favorite instructor ever. She took a course as foreign and confusing as pathophysiology and made it seem like a breeze. She shows great understanding, drive, and passion for what she does, and I could not think of a better nominee!
  • Click to Show/HideMontray Smith
    School of Nursing
    Ms. Smith is an outstanding faculty member. She is hard on her students but that is because she wants us to learn. She gives me experiences in my N364 clinical that some of my classmates did not get to experience. It was rough, but I was better prepared for the task I had to do in my N371 clinical. For me, it was good to have a faculty member that took the time to give me advice that I will be able to use throughout my career. She taught me that I will need to make sure I am always doing my best work and to stand firm in any of the decisions I make when I know that I am right. She took time to work with me and show me that to her I was more than just another student. She has been my inspiration, and I work every day to make her proud and show her that her faith in me is and will always be appreciated.
  • Click to Show/HideSiobhan Smith
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    As a gap-year transfer student, Dr. Smith was not only helpful as a professor in my courses with her, but also provided insight for my academic future, allowed me to promote my organization's (Empowering Ladies Together) upcoming events in class, as well as encouraged me to take an externship at Marshall University. I took African Americans in the Media, Mass Communication, and TV Criticism with Dr. Smith, and her teaching is immaculate! She provides the required lectures and text to students by tying it to current events and television shows that keep the information fresh on your mind and recent! She is a very serious professor but her classes are not challenging if you stay on top of the work. Dr. Smith also allows for ample extra credit points to be earned and is always available during her office hours. Along with encouraging me to take on an externship that is now annual, she also offered to write me a letter of recommendation. She sees something special in each student. Dr. Smith truly loves her job and is the definition of an awesome professor. If you have attended the first day of her class, she has already learned your name! So personable and approachable!

    Wonderful teacher. Made everyone feel as if they are a small family in this classroom. I wish she taught more upper-level classes. Just a wonderful person all-around.
  • Click to Show/HideKate Snyder
    Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel
    College of Education and Human Development
    Dr. Snyder's enthusiasm for teaching is apparent in the classroom. She is supportive of her students and is always available outside of class, whether it is to answer questions or engage in thought-provoking conversations. Dr. Snyder teaches in a way that her students actually learn fundamental concepts, instead of just memorizing info for a test and regurgitating it.
  • Click to Show/HideSteve Sohn
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Sohn makes class interesting and fun. I have taken his class a couple times, and he has never failed to be my favorite each semester.

    Dr. Steve Sohn is an amazing scholar, mentor, and advisor. He always ensures that you meet all requirements and tremendously helped to develop and guide my thesis project.
  • Click to Show/HideTatjana Soldat-Jaffe
    Humanities
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Soldat-Jaffe is one of the best professors I have had at this university. She ensures that every student has the chance to succeed in her course and is amazing at making sure the material is broken down in ways that each student can understand. She is patient, kind, and caring. She exemplifies every characteristic that you would want your faculty to represent.
  • Click to Show/HideRobert William Prasaad Steiner
    Health Management and Systems Sciences
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Great teacher, mentor, and a powerful educator.
  • Click to Show/HideChristian Stilp
    Psychological and Brain Sciences
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Incredibly knowledgeable. He makes relatively difficult subject matter easy to understand and genuinely cared about our success. I went out of my way to have him as a professor twice.

    Going past what is required of him, and surpassing the effort made by most, if not all of my other instructors, he has represented the quality of being a passionate teacher. He makes an incredible effort to have students participate and ask questions, uses numerous creative ways of looking at problems to present difficult concepts in a way better perceived by the class, and will take the time outside of the classroom to consult with any student needing guidance or assistance. A popular understanding of what a college professor can be provides two descriptions. The first is that the professor only cares about getting the class done with, doing their own research, and not making much effort to truly help the students. The second is that the professor exemplifies everything it means to be a passionate educator. Dr. Stilp does away with a student's worry of having an indifferent professor and instead fully embodies anything and everything that can be assumed of the second understanding. Thank you, Dr. Stilp. You've only further developed my passion for the field and my appreciation of quality instructors.

    Excellent professor who actually cares about his students learning the material. He goes out of his way to help his students.

    Professor Stilp makes sure that his students truly understand the material in every single lecture. His lectures are straightforward, he lets us know exactly what to study before we take an exam, he gives many opportunities for students to ask questions, and he is a really friendly person. I have enjoyed having him as a professor.

    Class was difficult but very interesting! It was wonderful to have a teacher who was so very willing to help the students any way possible.

    He is an amazing teacher.

    Funny and relaxes the class about learning stats. It's a hard subject, but he makes it funny and makes the class laugh. He also will stay with you outside of class and offer you help. He never gives up, if the student doesn't give up. He's awesome! He's very easy to talk to too and very approachable, unlike other professors I've had in the past. Math is by far my worst subject, but he goes through step by step of formulas to make sure you do understand it.
  • Click to Show/HideRobert Stokes
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Stokes changed my opinion about history as a whole, and it was my first history course in which I actually retained information. He was very knowledgeable. His class was entertaining because he would relate real-world information and tell various stories about the topic being discussed. Professor Stokes is a very influential professor who is very approachable.
  • Click to Show/HideKaila Story
    Pan-African Studies/Women's and Gender Studies
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Passionate about her work. Brings course material to life. Engages class in discussion and leaves plenty of opportunity for students to speak in class and ask questions. Applies course material to contemporary issues.

    She was an amazing teacher.
  • Click to Show/HideJulie Stout
    College of Education and Human Development Advising
    College of Education and Human Development
    Julie has been extremely helpful to me and to many others. She is always on top of everything--meetings, schedules, emails, and there's never a doubt that she will get back to you quickly with exactly the answer that you are looking for. Thanks, Julie!
  • Click to Show/HideJeffrey Sun
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    I nominate Dr. Jeff Sun as my Favorite Educator. This is my first semester as a graduate student in CEHD. Dr. Sun made it a point to get to know me and my passions about education from the beginning. This interest did not stop there. This interest continued for the entire semester. As a distance education student, I appreciate Dr. Sun's commitment to me as both my faculty advisor and my instructor. Dr. Sun really cares. He makes me feel like more than a warm body in cyberspace. He makes me feel like a human, like I matter.
  • Click to Show/HideMahendra Sunkara
    Chemical Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    He is by far the best professor I had. He is intelligent, very clear and helps you learn. Will strongly recommend.
  • Click to Show/HideKatherine Taylor
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor Taylor so far has been one of the most genuine and caring professors I have had since I have gotten to the University. You can tell that she really cares about her students and their achievements in class. She wants students to be the best that they can be, and I honor her for that.

    KT is such an amazing professor! She is focused on the actual learning of her students than numbers and meeting bell curves and quotas. She is a fantastic person, both in and outside of the classroom. She deserves the world!
  • Click to Show/HideTammi Thomas
    SPHIS Administration
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Always available to assist us and shows care, concern and compassion. Always receptive and very knowledgeable!
  • Click to Show/HideAngela Thompson
    Engineering Fundamentals
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Dr. Thompson is almost always available to seek help from and is very fair with every aspect of the class. She always seems to have a smile on her face and will often joke or laugh with students who visit during her office hours. I would nominate her because she is an all-around personable professor with a side of great teaching.
  • Click to Show/HideJaime Thompson
    Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
    I nominate Jaime Thompson as my favorite instructor for the Fall semester 2014. Whether it's via email, Blackboard or directly in class, she stays in touch with students and their progress in the class. Each session before class starts, she addresses our concerns. She has also conveniently modified due dates for certain assignments to give us students more time. While setting goals and expectations, she challenges us, yet sets ways for us to understand the way to achieve those expectations. Of all my years in college and the number of classes I have taken at any college, Jaime Thompson is my most favorite.

    Great instructor. She taught me a great deal about policy.
  • Click to Show/HideSu San Toh
    Biology
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Su San was a wonderful instructor. She was very organized and knowledgeable. I appreciated the fact that she took the time to not only explain procedures in depth, but she also demonstrated through hands-on learning as well. She made all the difference in making the subject of microbiology interesting and less stressful. I learned so much in such a short amount of time with Su San. She is a wonderful instructor.
  • Click to Show/HideJerry Tolson
    Academic and Professional Studies
    School of Music
    Hilarious. Informative. Knows his stuff, and puts his own flavor with it.
  • Click to Show/HideMichael Tunnell
    Performance Studies
    School of Music
    Dr. Tunnell was a great mentor and teacher for all School of Music students (especially trumpet players) from 1988 to 2014. He made an impact on so many lives, including School of Music students who didn't have him as a teacher directly. He recently passed away and will be greatly missed.
  • Click to Show/HideDevon Twyford
    Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    She is a wonderful teacher who understands to involve the entire class and facilitates learning like no other! My class with Dr. Twyford was the best I took, not only at UofL, just ever! My entire perception of teaching and learning theories has changed.

    She is awesome. She will go out of her way so that we understand what needs to be done, and she makes learning fun. You would never know that she is not a full-time faculty because of how dedicated she is to us and our learning. She is so quick at responding to our questions and comments and is even better at helping us with our questions and even how we can better an assignment. I wish all faculty in the Education Department, especially in the HROD Leadership master's concentration, were like her. She doesn't just live the standards of a professor, she exceeds them and sets the example that others should try and live and teach by.

    I feel that because of Devon's enthusiasm and ability to get more out of each student in the class that she is warranted my nomination. Devon helped each individual student want to do much better in the class and with each other. We need more teachers like her.

    She was absolutely amazing! She had a way of captivating the students and getting them engaged with the literature and relevance of class discussion. She was understanding of uncontrollable circumstances outside of class and willing/happy to answer any questions we had about assignments, required courses, and even career development and other fields of study. I have educators in my family, and I know how difficult it can be sometimes. She is honestly, in my opinion, a prime example of what every educator should be. I was lucky to have taken her course.
  • Click to Show/HideRobert Urekew
    Philosophy
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Prof. Urekew is awesome! Makes philosophy fun, and I'm going to use what he's taught in other classes. Great guy.

    AMAZING MAN!!!! TAKE HIM!!!!!

    He is a great professor who truly wants students to do their best!
  • Click to Show/HideLynn Usher
    Economics
    College of Business
    Ms. Usher is one of the most genuine and caring faculty I've ever had the pleasure of taking. Her ability to simplify difficult concepts and explain it in a 150-person lecture hall has made her one of my favorites. She's always been available for meeting during her office hours and is very flexible with scheduling exams and homework.

    Great professor! Loved her! Would take her 1000 times. Made Econ class interesting and funny.

    Absolutely wonderful! Best professor I've had.
  • Click to Show/HideRussell Vandenbroucke
    Theatre Arts
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He is by far one of the most impressive, enthusiastic, and incredible teachers I have ever had! My journey to acquire a Certificate in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation has been unbelievable. He challenges each of his students to their full potential and beyond. He may be one of the toughest teachers I have ever had and I appreciate him that much more for it. For example, he uses the discussion boards for classmates to reflect upon their service learning projects. In the in-depth posts each student makes, he takes the time to not only read through them, but give wonderful feedback and suggestions to further that line of thinking. Sometimes he even adds further questions to consider on the topic. This aspect of the capstone course of the PJCT certificate helped me to increase my ability to critically think through my thoughts. I see this skill as applying not just to my studies, but to myself as a human being in our society. He pushed me beyond my expected limitations and helped me to realize I have more potential and opportunities than I had previously thought I did. After taking two of his courses in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation, I feel like I am beginning to realize the true importance of peace studies, both locally and globally. I am beyond happy to have had him as a teacher and want more people to take these courses in peace studies. He makes sure that his students know he is cheering them on to success, and I want to make note that I cheer him on for his hard work as a teacher. Russ is not only a wonderful teacher, he is an inspiration.
  • Click to Show/HideLisa Wagner
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Dr. Wagner is the best Spanish professor that I've had. I took her pronunciation class, and it made a great improvement in my ability to speak Spanish confidently.
  • Click to Show/HideBarry Wainscott
    Health Management and Systems Sciences
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Dr. Wainscott has been there for me consistently. He is always willing to listen. He is really great about being my advocate and yet pushing me further than I thought I could go. He's a great devil's advocate when I'm trying out new ideas, and he's helped me hone many skills that will be useful in the real world. I'm very grateful for all of his time and effort.
  • Click to Show/HideD. Gaye Waldie
    School of Nursing
    Ms. Waldie keeps lectures fun and interesting. I've learned so much during her classes. I wish she could team them all!
  • Click to Show/HideKandi Walker
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    One of the most entertaining professors I've ever had. Always brings humor and real-life examples to the classroom.

    Dr. Walker knows how to get her students to achieve success. She not only incorporates real-world class discussions into her teaching, but she is personable and exciting. She makes class something to look forward to, and she creates a learning environment that is fun and safe for all involved. As a class, we delved into areas deeper than we ever could have by simply reading the text, due to the discussion-oriented structure. Dr. Walker embodies what it means to be an educator, and she does so with a humble and zealous attitude. The University of Louisville is very lucky to have faculty like Kandi Walker.
  • Click to Show/HideSteven Watkins
    Humanities
    College of Arts and Sciences
    He is beyond an excellent teacher who is never out of reach to students. He strives to make the information as relatable and memorable as possible, and as a future teacher, in my opinion, that is what matters the most. He came into my classroom halfway through the semester to take over for Dr. Gray, which is no easy task, and did an incredible job.
  • Click to Show/HideDaniel Weeks
    Performance Studies
    School of Music
    Dan Weeks is one of the most caring instructors I've ever had the privilege of studying with. He takes the success of every one of his students very seriously and truly cares about us all. He makes learning information fun and makes us care! He's wonderful!
  • Click to Show/HideRebecca Wells-Gonzalez
    Communication
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Great personality, enthusiastic about her subject, energetic and funny.
  • Click to Show/HideMickey Wilhelm
    Industrial Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    He is the best professor I have ever had. He makes big efforts to present materials perfectly adapted to the background of the students. Additionally, he has a lot of industry-related examples that enhance the learning experience. Finally, he knows a lot of how to motivate students.
  • Click to Show/HideBronwyn Williams
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    In a course built around "composing identities," Bronwyn gave us latitude and encouragement to explore our own shifting identities as teachers, as students, and as people. In addition to being generous in allowing us to shape final projects that met our specific academic needs and interests, Bronwyn also asked us to attune to the affective experiences of teaching and learning that make a difference in peoples' lives. He did this primarily by example, creating a welcoming environment of dialogue and of care. As a result, I didn't only leave his class with a valuable learning experience as a graduate student; I exited as a more reflective, encouraging teacher who hopes to be even better at helping students meet their own writing goals, as well as those of the university.
  • Click to Show/HideRichard Wilson
    Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Dr. Wilson has shown great passion in his work. I have never had much of a relationship with my professors before, but Dr. Wilson sought out interactions and that really helped engage me in the material. He has helped motivate me to meet my goals and take pride in my work. On a personal note, he seems like he'd be pretty interesting to go out and have a beer with.
  • Click to Show/HideAmy Wimsatt
    School of Nursing
    Ms. Wimsatt truly cares about each of her students. When one of us is hurting, she hurts along with us. When we are happy, she shares in our joy. She tries her very best to communicate to us what we need to know to be successful nurses. She is a fine person and a very caring teacher. We are blessed to have had her as our instructor for two very difficult, demanding classes.
  • Click to Show/HideStephanie Winkeljohn Black
    Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel
    College of Education and Human Development
    I always looked forward to attending Stephanie's class. She was always well-prepared, engaging, and used multiple teaching strategies/activities in class which made it more enjoyable. Stephanie is one of the best professors I had all year, and she was only an adjunct! The amount of time she put into the class, grading, and helping students did not go unnoticed and was appreciated. :)

    Stephanie taught our techniques in counseling class. We must take this course before we begin our clinical practicum training. Stephanie created a safe and supportive learning environment. She helped to allay fears that many students experience before beginning clinical training. For example, Stephanie facilitated in-class discussions where we explored difficult situations we will encounter in therapy. It was obvious that Stephanie cared about our learning and felt an ethical obligation to help us become effective therapists. Most importantly, she provided every student with individual supervision on the final project. Stephanie watched the therapist-client dyad videos with each student, allowing us to ask questions about our final session. This was the first final in which I had the opportunity to reflect on my performance and receive immediate feedback. Going forward, I now have an increased understanding of the theoretical framework that will guide my approach to therapy. I also really appreciated Stephanie's collaborative approach to supervision. Watching oneself on film can provoke self-conscious thoughts, but working with Stephanie made me feel more comfortable, and I was actually able to focus on the session. In class, Stephanie demonstrated therapeutic techniques with students who acted as clients. I enjoyed watching the therapeutic process unfold live. Stephanie displayed a great deal of humanity with her willingness to tackle difficult questions and her genuine openness. Stephanie helped me realize that being a therapist is an ongoing process that requires both courage and vulnerability. Stephanie is a caring, open-minded, and insightful instructor. She will make an excellent full-time professor in the future!
  • Click to Show/HideErin Wotring
    History
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Great professor who cares about her students as well as the material she teaches.
  • Click to Show/HideAndrew Wright
    Computer Information Systems
    College of Business
    Dr. Wright is one of UofL's bright spots in its quest for academic excellence!
  • Click to Show/HideRichard Wysocki
    English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Best writing class I have ever had in my entire school career (and I'm an international student from Germany). I learned more during this semester than in all my other classes combined!
  • Click to Show/HideRoman Yampolskiy
    Computer Engineering and Computer Science
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Great instructor. Wonderful TAs. Has fairly difficult content to cover but covers it well and in a short period for some students' convenience. Willing to answer any and all questions and will give good opportunities for improving grade.

    He is amazing at what he does. He is extremely nice, and he feels not only like a teacher but as a friend.

    Great instructor!

    Dr. Yampolskiy's Artificial Intelligence class was the first class I have taken at the University of Louisville. Dr. Yampolskiy made the course fun and challenging. I work full time at an IT Consulting Company, and I am taking the course online. There are many challenges when working full time and going to school full time. When I needed help or had a question, I was always able to contact Dr. Yampolskiy and get a response very quickly from him. His projects where challenging but achievable and leave you with a great understanding of Artificial Intelligence. Great Professor!

    Wonderful professor!!

    Rigorous, rewarding course.

    Good.

    Dr. Yampolskiy only enhanced my want to learn throughout his course.

    He teaches AI (CECS-545) which I believe is the most rewarding class at UofL. It will be the class I remember ten years from now.

    Great professor. The intro to programming was provided well by him and his assistants.

    He's cool.

    Dr. Yampolskiy is a very understanding professor who truly understands how teaching should be done in modern times. Computer science should be taught through assignments that require students to explore concepts, apply them, and succinctly explain them.

    Professor Yampolskiy is a great professor who genuinely wants his students to do well. He is always willing to answer any questions students may have. Having him as a professor has been a privilege.

    Dr. Yampolskiy's Artificial Intelligence course is the hardest course that I have ever attempted. However, his course pushed me to be better and has given me a crash course on creating algorithms, search methods, and evaluating performance of programs. The knowledge I gained from this course has given me insight, which has helped me solve business problems and look like an absolute wizard to my peers at work. Thanks for challenging me!

    Dr. Yampolskiy was a very effective and fun teacher and always made it his goal to answer questions and cover the material effectively.

    He's very invested in the success of his students and does his best to engage the class. He teaches a very interesting class (Artificial Intelligence) and reinforces lecture topics with relevant projects. Because of his course, I now have a portfolio of work that I can show to future employers. Overall, a great professor!

    Great professor. Would definitely take his class again!

    THE best.

    Very passionate about his field and genuinely interested in helping students work through their problems and understand what caused them.

    An all-around great guy! Very easy to get along with, and his lectures don't really put you to sleep --which is a huuuuge plus!

    He always kept students engaged with content-relevant jokes.

    (1) Funny and engaging in class (2) Accessible outside of class, even outside of office hours b/c I couldn't make it to those (3) Provided examples and gave good explanations of all concepts
  • Click to Show/HidePamela Yankeelov
    Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work
    Dr. Yankeelov is the most genuine, caring instructor I have ever had. Her courses were extremely difficult, but her support and encouragement made me successful! She pushed us to apply critical thinking skills while analyzing EBP! She is definitely deserving of an award!
  • Click to Show/HideWendy Yoder
    Classical and Modern Languages
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Great teacher and human being. Definitely deserves recognition.

    Madame Yoder works very hard as a professor. I've been working with her a lot recently because I'll be studying abroad in France next year, and she has made this exchange program happen for me. She put so much work into this just to help me get a great educational opportunity and that doesn't even count all the work she puts in for the French Department in general or her classes. She's always busy making sure everyone is learning and reaching their goals in the French Department, and U of L's French Program would not be the same without her incredible work and devotion. She is the hardest working professor I've ever had, and she has made such a positive influence on my college education, along with those of many others. She deserves to be recognized for her hard work and care.
  • Click to Show/HideThomas Zehnder
    Economics
    College of Business
    Taking Zehnder this semester was probably one of my best decisions in college. No other class has given me a larger boost in practical knowledge of how the macro economy is ran today in the modern world vs how it has been handled historically. His jokes are often corny, he is loud, but he is above all hilarious and keeps you paying attention the entirety of the 2.5 hour lectures! His lectures make sense, and as a skeptic, I would always attempt to verify his claims and they always checked out. He talks the whole darn time, and it's awesome because he has so much to teach students with his experiences. Hope this professor sticks around longer to take any other classes he teaches.
  • Click to Show/HideQian Zhao
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering
    Was tremendously passionate about his subject, and although English was not his strongest communication tool, he made sure to ensure its effectiveness.
  • Click to Show/HideKristina Zierold
    Epidemiology and Population Health
    School of Public Health and Information Sciences
    Dr. Zierold's class was my absolutely favorite of the Epidemiology concentration. It was practical, useful, and she paid special attention to keeping it relevant to current events. She really cares about her students and goes out of her way to help try and make sure we will be set up to be successful after graduation. I really appreciate how hard she works for us and for the community at large here in Louisville.
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