Faculty members lauded for excellence in challenging and guiding students
MAY 12, 2017 BY EDWIN SMITH
She was recognized at the university’s spring faculty meeting. She was also honored at the university’s 164th Commencement and received a plaque and $1,000, with her name added to award plaque in the dean’s office.
“The recipients of this year’s outstanding teaching awards join the cadre of past honorees recognized as the best and most accomplished faculty within the University of Mississippi,” said Lee M. Cohen, dean of liberal arts. “We commend each of them for dedication, excellence and service to our students and their educational pursuits.”
Each recipient reflected upon the meaning of his selection for the prestigious honors.
Winning the teaching award makes Dowling, who joined the faculty five years ago, feel gratified.
“It is difficult to express how much this nomination and award mean to me,” said Dowling, who earned her doctorate from Stony Brook University of State University of New York. “To receive recognition for something I care so deeply about is truly an honor.”
Criteria for Teacher and Instructor of the Year awards include excellence of class instruction, intellectual stimulation of students and concern for students’ welfare.
Administrators said all the honorees are worthy of the recognition.
Similar praises for Dowling came from Rebekah Smith, chair and professor of psychology.
“Dr. Dowling provides intellectual challenges and meaningful contributions to supporting student success in the classroom and beyond,” Smith said. “Dr. Dowling is an ideal instructor who takes teaching very seriously and is always exploring ways to build upon her already superior performance.”