05 2018 (May)

Molecular biology lecturer recognized for intellectually engaging students

Molecular biology lecturer John Willford is one of 34 recipients of the Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) award.

Head shot of John Wilford
John Wilford

PIE recognizes faculty members who inspire students intellectually in first-year courses and is sponsored by several programs within both academic and student affairs: the Ellbogen CTL, Advising, Career Services & Exploratory Studies, Residence Life and Dining, and the LeaRN Program.

Nominees are chosen by freshmen and sophomore students in an online survey, and a committee selects recipients based on the number of nominations and students’ comments regarding the faculty member’s success in (1) engaging students meaningfully in course material, (2) promoting successful transition to college expectations, and (3) fostering investment in learning.

The committee reviewed over 120 nominations and selected 34 award recipients. Award winners were recognized at a reception May 1 in the Wyoming Union East Ballroom.