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instructor of the year - 2006


Instructor of the Year Plaque




William C. Johnson (right in photo), Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was recently named Engineering School 2006 Instructor of the Year for Distance Learning.  James F. Groves, Assistant Dean for Research and Outreach, is shown presenting an engraved plaque to Mr. Johnson.  The recognition also includes a monetary award.


The following points were considered and attributed to the decision to present this award to Professor Johnson:

  • Bill Johnson very willingly participates in the distance learning program, having taught six distance learning classes for the Materials Science program. He is an enthusiastic instructor who takes an interest in his students and is concerned that they have a good experience with his class. He treats the distance students with the same respect and consideration as his on-grounds students. He makes himself available to students who need to ask questions to clarify material. Students report that he was prompt to return calls or answer emails. He is very open to feedback from his students and makes allowances for work time conflicts.
  • Prof. Johnson has always been responsive to administrative requests for syllabi, exam schedules, etc. and has attended meetings scheduled for distance learning instructors. He was prompt in reporting to his class each evening and adapted well to the constraints of the video classroom.
  • Students have consistently given high marks on evaluations. His last class, MSE 601, generated a 75% response rate for the CGEP on-line evaluation. Of those responses, Prof. Johnson received very high marks for “concern and respect for individuals as students” and “responsiveness to inquiries outside of class.” He received comments like, “excellent professor,” “great instructor,” “very considerate,” “excellent course and incredible instruction!”
  • Bill Johnson's willingness to teach distance learning classes and his ability to adjust to the needs of the off-site student have done much toward making our distance learning program a good experience for our students.


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