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Marquette University's Teaching Excellence Award

Each year, faculty members who are held in the highest esteem by colleagues and students are honored by Marquette with Teaching Excellence Awards. Although the honorees are all accomplished scholars specializing in different disciplines, one thread is consistent throughout – above all, they consider themselves teachers. Recognition of these efforts by students, colleagues, and the administration of the university have resulted in the following faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences being recognized for their service by being given Marquette University's Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Martin St. Maurice

There are many reasons why Dr. Martin St. Maurice, associate professor of biological sciences, was named a 2017 recipient of the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

First, St. Maurice is constantly looking for new and more effective methods of teaching and assessment. He also believes developing students' critical thinking skills is more valuable than memorizing facts and concepts.

"I continually assess what works and what doesn't for my students," St. Maurice says. "I study various methods of teaching and have incorporated various techniques into my classroom. For example, I've decreased the use of traditional lectures and increased the use of in-class activities that promote active learning. I've found this to be an extremely effective way to encourage students to draw meaningful connections between concepts."

St. Maurice has also incorporated oral examinations to assess more than 60 students in his biochemistry class.

"I was very nervous coming into this challenging course, especially knowing Dr. St. Maurice gave students oral exams instead of just written ones," student Erin Kallsen says. "However, as I took the class, I found that I loved the subject because Dr. St. Maurice made everything so interesting. His passion for biochemistry was evident in the way he enthusiastically taught the class."

While this is a significant undertaking for St. Maurice, students continue to praise the effectiveness of this unconventional approach through letters, emails and MOCES scores.

"Since joining the Department of Biological Sciences in 2008, Dr. St. Maurice has established himself as one of our most dedicated, most popular and most effective educators," Dr. Edward Blumenthal, chair and associate professor of biological sciences, noted in St. Maurice's nomination letter.


Past recipients:

Dr. Rosemary Stuart (2008)

Professor Emeritus Kathleen Karrer (1999)

Professor Emeritus Walter Fredricks (1998)

Professor Emeritus Gail Waring (1995)

Professor Emeritus Bela Piacsek (1991)

Way Klingler Young Scholar Award

Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.

Dr. Lisa Petrella (2015)

Dr. Krassimira Hristova (2013)

Dr. Martin St. Maurice (2011)

Dr. Allison Abbott (2009)

Dr. James Anderson (2005)

Dr. Pinfen Yang (2005)

Wehr Distinguished Professor of Biology

The Wehr Chair is funded by the Wehr Foundation, which also provided funding for the construction of the Wehr Life Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics buildings. This professorship is a most generous gift to the university.


Recipients of the Wehr Distinguished Professorship:
Dr. Stephen Downs Dr. James Buchanan Dr. Robert Fitts
Dr. Stephen Downs Dr. James Buchanan Dr. Robert Fitts
2008-2013 2003-2008 1997-2003






Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Research Excellence

The Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Research Excellence recognizes scholarly distinction at Marquette University. Since 2001, four faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences have been recipients of the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Research Excellence. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated scholarly distinction and an all-encompassing belief in excellence.

Dr. Rosemary Stuart (2011)

Dr. Stephen Downs (2009)

Dr. James Buchanan (2006)

Dr. Robert Fitts (2001)


Biological Sciences Department

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