Judith Miller Named Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year

WPI Educator Receives Massachusetts Award

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Worcester, MA - November 21, 2002 - Judith Miller, professor of biology and biotechnology and director of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Center for Educational Development, Technology and Assessment (CEDTA) has been selected as the 2002 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Massachusetts Professor of the Year. Prof. Miller received the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Thursday, November 21.

The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country - those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring professors.

"Prof. Miller is as dedicated to her teaching as she is to the process of teaching," said John Carney, WPI's provost. "She has been instrumental in shaping our Center for Educational Development Technology and Assessment (CEDTA) whose purpose is to promote reflective thought and dialogue on the art, science, and craft of college teaching. She was also recognized by the Society for College Science Teachers in 1998 for outstanding undergraduate science teaching."

Prof. Miller is professor of biology and biotechnology. Her research includes microbial fuel cell as well as educational innovation and cooperative learning. She received her Ph.D. in microbiology from Case Western Reserve University, and her undergraduate degree in biology from Cornell. She was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow. She has been a member of the WPI faculty since 1978.

She has also been principal investigator and director of the assessment effort for educational projects funded by the Davis Educational Foundation. She and colleagues developed and tested a Peer-Assisted Cooperative Learning model that utilized undergraduate Peer Learning Assistants to facilitate cooperative learning in large introductory courses. She is currently working on a Davis-funded program aiming to improve the first year experience of college/university students through academic and residential experiences that create community and a culture of learning.

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