Three Emerson College faculty members from a wide range of disciplines were awarded for excellence in teaching last week.
David Kishik, assistant professor of philosophy, won the Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching; Alden Jones, affiliated faculty in writing, won the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Rhiannon Luyster, assistant professor of communication disorders, won the Alumni Award for Teaching and Innovation.
“These awards are a way of recognizing faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching, and the 330 nominations we received this year attest to our collective commitment to this value,” Michaele Whelan, chief academic officer, said in an email to Emerson faculty and students announcing the winners.
Winners were selected by the Deans’ Council, the Gold Key Honor Society officers, the executive committee of the Alumni Board, and two of the award donors, Helaine Miller and Alan Stanzler, based on feedback from faculty and students, Whelan said in the email.
Kishik was honored “for showing remarkable dedication and creativity, and for encouraging students to master their fields of study,” according to the award announcement. He is the author of Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Continuum, 2008), The Power of Life (Stanford University Press, 2011), and most recently, The Manhattan Project: A Theory of a City (Stanford University Press 2015).
Jones, who was awarded for being an “outstanding teacher,” leads workshops in fiction and nonfiction in the Department of Writing, Literature, and
Publishing, and has created the courses Exoticism in Literature and Art, and The Literature of Photography. She has written a travel memoir, The Blind Masseuse (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), winner of ForeWord Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year in Travel Essays, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and a PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay; and Unaccompanied Minors (New American Press, 2013), a collection of short stories, winner of a New American Fiction Prize, an Independent Publisher Book Award in Short Fiction, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist in Debut Fiction.
Luyster was honored for “engaging students in active learning in and out of the classroom, and for fostering a stimulating and creative learning environment.” Her research on language and communication in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been published in the peer-reviewed journals Developmental Psychology; Journal of Child Language; Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research; and Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.