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Faculty, staff awarded for excellent undergraduate teaching

Friday, April 26, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

Professor and two staff members honored at annual recognition event

Beloit College is well-known for its excellent undergraduate teaching, and on Friday (April 26) the college took the time to publicly applaud some of their work at the annual Underkofler/Kang Award Ceremony and Recognition Party.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Natalie Gummer was awarded the 2012-13 James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and Director of International Education Elizabeth Brewer and Associate Director of International Education Josh Moore received the 2012-13 Phee Boon Kang’73 Prize for Innovation in Teaching with Technology.

Based on student recommendations, the Underkofler Award is funded by Alliant Energy and given in recognition of a professor’s outstanding work with students. In nominating her for this award, Gummer’s students told of a professor who is engaging, insightful and inspiring.

“When in her class it is impossible not to deeply engage with the subject at hand,” wrote one of Gummer’s students. “She has the amazing gift of teaching students to challenge their entire worldview in one short semester.”

Gummer has been with Beloit College since 2001.

In recognition of their development, implementation and teaching of a storytelling course, "Using Digital Storytelling for Reflection and Integration," colleagues Brewer and Moore received the Kang Prize.  Established by alumnus and Trustee Phee Boon Kang'73, this award recognizes innovative teaching and creative leveraging of technology to improve learning.

In the course, students learn to create short films using digital images, narration and music, all while reflecting on cultural lessons and experiences garnered while studying abroad or off-campus; the class culminates with a digital film festival.

Brewer came to Beloit College in 2002; Moore joined the staff in 2007.

The awards ceremony was immediately followed by the annual Recognition Party where other major faculty and staff accomplishments like books, publications, performances, grants, awards and presentations were celebrated.