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Prior Year Recipients

2013-14 Distinguished Teaching Award

M. Scott Shell - Chemical Engineering

Professor Scott Shell has been a faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2007. Recognized by his department chair as “one of the most creative young educators in chemical engineering nationwide,” Professor Shell has demonstrated a deep commitment to education through a number of educational initiatives: for example, he encouraged the students in his Molecular and Cell Biology class to develop a biomolecular “art gallery” comprising their projects for protein visualization software. He organizes his students to work in teams so they can develop projects that emphasize communication skills and leverage software and online resources.

Professor Shell’s course evaluations are consistently excellent and well above the departmental average. This is evidenced when you consider that his course on Thermodynamics averages a striking 87% in the “excellent” category for the overall instructor rating. Not surprisingly, student comments have been overwhelmingly positive. For example, one student states, “He personally inspired me not just ‘get through’ college, but to strive for greatness as a chemical engineer.” And another attests, “I have come to love thermodynamics because of this course.”

His chair notes that “His innovative approach to educational activities in our department and in a number of UCSB programs has already marked him as an outstanding teacher and a future leader in engineering education. He is exactly the kind of faculty member that this award is designed to recognize.”

For his dedication and exemplary teaching Professor Scott Shell is awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award. Congratulations!