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President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

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I am pleased to announce that William R. Brice, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, has been selected to receive the 2003-2004 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He will be presented with the Award during Commencement on May 1.

Dr. Brice joined the Natural Sciences Division in 1971 as Assistant Professor of Geology and Planetary Sciences. Bill is recognized as an accomplished teacher and has earned the respect of colleagues and students. He has developed a national reputation as a researcher and is an active member of the Geological Society of America.

Dr. Brice’s former students may now be found in professional positions across the nation, pursuing work in geology and related fields with a passion for knowledge and a commitment to science that was instilled in them as undergraduates in Bill’s classroom and laboratory. Many of his students, from recent graduates to those who studied with Dr. Brice years ago, remain in contact with him, anxious to relate their achievements, to seek his advice, and to draw inspiration and motivation from his mentorship. His devotion to the field of Geology has won the admiration of colleagues from across the nation and beyond. As a teacher, researcher, colleague, and role model, Dr. Brice is regarded as intellectually spirited, challenging, enthusiastic and loyal. His evaluations over the years have always underscored his dedication to the process of learning, and to the importance of the academic experience.

Dr. Brice routinely seeks opportunities to provide meaningful experiences for his students, underscoring his devotion to the learning process in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field. He challenges his students to craft their scientific inquiries carefully, whether related to class work or research, to think critically, and to formulate nontraditional approaches to analysis. Through open dialogue and an insistence for excellence, he has prepared students for the global environment in which they will be employed.

He has served as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University each summer since 1976. In 1987 he was named an Associate in the University of Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science. In 1978 he served as Visiting Professor at Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Dr. Brice earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and both the Master of Science and Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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