2005 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Bette Kreuz, Lecturer in Natural Sciences

Bette Kreuz, Lecturer in Natural Sciences in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in the lecturer category. teacher For the more than twenty-five years she has worked in the chemistry program, Bette Kreuz has been an exemplary role model and outstanding. Her colleagues say, “it is difficult to overstate the importance of her role as a laboratory coordinator and the impact that she has on the quality of the laboratory program in the general chemistry courses and the scientific training of our undergraduate students.” She insures both the smooth running of the chemistry labs and develops, revises, and incorporates many experiments each year into the laboratory program. In addition, she has co-authored two papers on pedagogy as well as a NSF grant to improve lab equipment. She is a versatile and effective educator who is always available to her students. Students across the board consider her to be an exceptional instructor. They praise her for her patience, her ability to communicate scientific concepts, her knowledge, and her enthusiasm. She is a gifted teacher who sets high standards for her students, but through feedback to them and collaboration with them has had a tremendous impact on student learning. One student considers herself “extremely fortunate to have received her guidance…. She is a positive role model for any young woman, especially young scientists.” Former students say, time and again, that she has been “an unforgettable positive influence in their lives during the time they spent at U of M – Dearborn.”

Chunting 'Chris' Mi, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Chunting ‘Chris’ Mi, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in the non-tenured category. He is an energetic, talented, and dedicated teacher who strives to create bridges between the students’ experience and the course contents, so that students can understand difficult material. While maintaining high standards and rigor in his courses, he is constantly adapting his teaching strategies to best serve the students of each class he teaches. He has made numerous contributions to the electrical engineering and computer engineering course development and curriculum revitalization. He has also actively promoted professional education by developing and teaching two new professional development courses. In addition, he has played a major role in the development of the recently inaugurated state-of-the-art Power Electronics Laboratory, through a large grant from DTE Energy. One student writes that “not only is Dr. Mi dedicated to further improve the classroom environment, but he also recognizes the importance of involving students in the research that takes place at the University. Because of Dr. Mi’s extensive research, he has been able to extend many student fellowships.” Another student praises him for “his hands-on approach to instructing. He challenges students greatly, …but at the same time, is always willing and able to guide students to reach their potential.”

Gerald Moran, Professor of History

Gerald Moran, Professor of History in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in the tenured category. His love of learning and teaching are exemplified by his contribution to a wide variety of programs. He has long served as an educational anchor in history, the Honors Program, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, and the CASL Co-op program, providing both leadership and the development of new courses for these programs. In conjunction with several of his former students who are now high school history teachers, Professor Moran successfully applied for a million dollar grant to develop a high school history curriculum. Faculty and students alike praise him for his dedication, brilliance, and extraordinary role as a caring and inspirational instructor. A former student of Professor Moran’s writes that he “has a particularly engaging style of lecturing, encouraging students to ask questions and to participate at all times. … In the classroom, his emphasis is on truly understanding the material, rather than on merely knowing facts.” Another student notes that “in addition to having a superb command of his subject and being a brilliant lecturer, Professor Moral’s enthusiasm, vitality, and passion for his field are inspiring.”