Turning traditional course design upside down, her enthusiasm for teaching and her drive for student success are among reasonsassistant professor Naomi Ward has received the John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award at the University of Wyoming.
Ward, who has a split position between the Department of Molecular Biology (75 percent) and the Department of Botany, is in her sixth year at UW.
“I’d like to express my thanks to the Office of Academic Affairs and the award’s donor (Mary Ellbogen Garland) for this recognition and for the very generous prize,” said Ward, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “I am honored and grateful.”
This year’s other award recipients are Peter Parolin, associate professor in the Department of English, and Doug Russell, associate professor in the Department of Art.
“Naomi is simply a gifted teacher,” said Anne Sylvester, a molecular biology professor and director of Wyoming’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). “She excels not only in content delivery but in designing courses that are relevant and rigorous.”