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Excellence in undergraduate teaching recognized

  • Published Mon Jul 20th 2015

    Excellence in undergraduate teaching recognized

    Dr. Ken Rose, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

    Trained in Electrical Engineering during his undergraduate degree, Dr. Ken Rose was subsequently “bitten by the neuroscience bug”, in his words. He now has what he describes as a privilege of passing along his knowledge to undergraduate students in Life Sciences.

    When attempting to qualify the secret to his success, Dr. Rose explains that it’s not the what, but the how that’s important to teach.

    In a discipline often crowded with fact memorization, Dr. Rose has found a passion for doing things differently. Two years ago, Dr. Rose decided to create his own essay-style exam in a course where all other sections were doing multiple choice. Dr. Rose likes using experiments as teaching tools wherever it is feasible.

    Dr. Ken Rose, recipient of the 2014-15 Frank Knox Award for
    Excellence in Teaching. 

    “I’m interested in creating independent learners, critical thinkers, and great communicators”, he says. “Students are far more capable than we think they are.”

    Dr. Rose’s infectious energy and unwavering dedication to his students has made him very popular within his classes. It is no coincidence that in the middle of the interview for this article, a student came into his office, visiting him years after having graduated, to say hello and give him a big hug.

    “You do this because you care”, he says.

    When asked what this award means to him, Dr. Rose explained that it reaffirms his faith in changing the way that science education is delivered. “It says do it again, it’s working”, he says. He hopes that it might serve as an impetus for others who might be hesitant to try something new.

    Dr. Rose has a deep personal connection to an award that recognizes excellence in his life’s work, and would like to thank all who spent time nominating him.

    “Students win awards for teachers.”