College Level Outstanding Teacher 2010

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Gary L. Dunnington

Gary L. Dunnington holds the J. Roland Folse professorship and chair of surgery at the SIU School of Medicine. Dunnington joined the medical school 1997 and with a colleague developed a free, online surgery skills curriculum available throughout the world. Dunnington has received 18 teaching awards, including 10 from his own department. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1976 at Ball State University and his medical degree in 1980 at Indiana University's School of Medicine.

George D. Parker

George D. Parker is an associate professor of mathematics in the College of Science. He joined the faculty in 1973, teaching more than 30 different courses during his career and developing several as well. An author of three textbooks, Parker's students rate him among the highest in the department, regardless of course difficulty. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1967 from Brown University and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, San Diego in 1969 and 1971, respectively.

Douglas F. Fix

Douglas F. Fix is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Microbiology in the College of Science, specializing in medical microbiology. Fix joined the faculty in 1987 and receives high mark from students who credit him for his patience and with making complex material understandable. Fix earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Indiana University in 1978 and 1983, respectively.

Laura E. Hlavach

Laura E. Hlavach is an assistant professor of journalism in the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts. Hlavach joined the faculty in 2004 after working as a reporter and attorney. Her classes focus on media law and intellectual property, where here students rank her highly. Hlavach earned her bachelor's degree 1979 at Indiana University and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985.

Suzanne M. Daughton

Suzanne M. Daughton is an associate professor of speech communication with a cross-appointment in women's studies. Daughton joined the faculty in 1991, developing new courses in communication, women's movements, gender and other areas and receiving praise from students. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1985 at State University of New York at Binghamton and master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 and 1991, respectively.

Mark A. Peterson

Mark A. Peterson is the Gordon and Sharon Teel Professor of Finance in the College of Business. He joined the faculty in 1997 and currently teachers introductory finance and investment courses, receiving good marks from the students of these challenging classes. Peterson earned bachelor's and master's of electrical engineering degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987 and The Johns Hopkins University in 1990. He completed his doctoral degree in 1996 at The Pennsylvania State University.

Deborah A. Bruns

Deborah A. Bruns is an associate professor of educational psychology and special education in the College of Education and Human Services. Bruns joined the faculty in 2002 as adjunct lecturer, receiving top marks from her students. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at New York University in 1989 and 1993, respectively, and earned her doctorate in 2000 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Charles M. Ruffner

Charles M. Ruffner is an associate professor of forestry in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He joined the faculty in 1999 and developed popular courses that teach students the use of geographic information systems to design maps and forest disturbance ecology. He is a three-degree graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in 1995 and his doctorate in 1999.

Tomasz Wiltowski

Tomasz Wiltowski is a professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. He joined the faculty in 1992 and teaches upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses, including several he developed. His college named him its top teacher in 2005. Wiltowski earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1972 and 1973 respectively at Cracow University of Technology in Poland and his doctorate from the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences.

All information was current at the time of the award.