ATHENS, Ohio (June 12, 2004) -- Ohio University President Robert Glidden announced that Professor of Management Information Systems Raymond Frost and Associate Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology Arthur Trese are the recipients of the 2004-05 Presidential Teacher Awards, which include a three-year stipend and the title Presidential Teacher.
"I am proud that Ohio University recognizes its most outstanding teachers with this award, and certainly both Professors Trese and Frost are exemplary of many excellent teaching faculty members at this university," says President Robert Glidden. "They engage and stimulate their students, they inspire them and they provide wonderful models of scholarship and scholarly attitudes in addition to imparting knowledge in their disciplines."
Frost is a professor of management information systems in the university's College of Business and has been an Ohio University faculty member since 1999. Frost admits to having no secret to his success, just several overriding themes, which include making connections, simplifying the explanation but not the challenge, use of analogies and animation, climbing in stages and the celebration of small victories as well as being available to his students. His areas of research interest include database management systems, electronic commerce, telecommunications and project-based learning. He is the author or co-author of 10 textbooks and nearly 20 refereed publications.
An Ohio University faculty member since 1990, Trese is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Trese tailors his methods to each class he teaches, and believes in shaping the non-science majors in his classes into "life long consumers of science information so that they will be informed citizens." With graduate students, Trese places a premium on developing teaching skills, as evidenced by his seminar, "Practicum in Teaching." His research focuses on biology of nodulation and nodule senescence, and organic herbicides made from corn by-products. He has published in a variety of respected professional journals, including Phytopathology, Plant Physiology and Mycologia.
The Presidential Teacher Awards were established to identify faculty for their excellence as teachers both inside and outside the classroom. Those selected for the Presidential Teacher Award receive a three-year stipend and hold the title "Presidential Teacher" for that time.
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