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CTRL Hands Out Annual Teaching, Research Awards

By Adrienne Frank

Former AU provost Milton Greenberg speaks at the CTRL awards, Feb. 14. (Photo: Laura Reyes)

Former AU provost Milton Greenberg speaks at the CTRL awards, Feb. 14. (Photo: Laura Reyes)

Four American University professors have been honored for their work teaching researching and researching teaching.

On February 14, the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL) presented the second annual Teaching with Research Award to Todd Eisenstadt, professor of government in the School of Public Affairs. The inaugural Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award was presented to Lyn Stallings, Elizabeth Malloy, and Frances Van Dyke, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Eisenstadt was recognized for helping students turn class projects into grant proposals, conference papers, and, in three cases, journal articles. He’s also involved his students in his research on politics, identity, and indigenous rights movements in southern Mexico.

“I always care about instilling good research instincts in my students. Like —‘if you build it, they will come’—if you build those instincts in grad students, especially, you can have great success,” said Eisenstadt, who received a $2,000 grant for research materials.

Stallings, Malloy, and Van Dyke were honored for introducing writing exercises in math classes in order to improve students’ reasoning and communication skills. The mathematicians are preparing two journal articles on their two-year study, which revealed that writing helps students better understand complex mathematical concepts.

Former AU provost Milton Greenberg presented the mathematicians with the award, which includes a $2,000 grant and a stipend of up to $1,000 to help prepare a publication or attend a conference. He encouraged faculty to “take teaching seriously, enjoy yourself, and involve yourself in the scholarship of what you’re doing.”