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1999 Excellence in Teaching Award Given by SSU

Sonoma State Universityís Excellence in Teaching Awards for 1999 were given to SSU professors Susan McKillop and Saeid Rahimi. The annual award, recognizes and rewards members of the SSU faculty who have made an outstanding contribution through classroom instruction and other activities that promote student learning. The criteria for this award includes: quality of instruction, creating an academic environment that successfully encourages high intellectual aspiration and achievement in students, mentoring students, and promoting learning outside of the classroom.

Susan McKillop, professor of art history, was awarded the 1999 Excellence in Teaching award from Sonoma State University. McKillop earned her masterís degree in art from University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. in fine arts from Harvard University. She has been a professor at SSU for 22 years as a member of a small department; an energetic team which has not increased in size despite the number of students doubling. Her work in the past three years has focused on outreach to general education students in art history introduction courses. In 1992 she was awarded the SSU Faculty Research Award. In addition to the numerous committees upon which she has served and the many awards she has received, McKillop also created the Medieval Studies Integrative Minor program, which received an Academic Innovation Award.

Saeid Rahimi, professor of physics, also was selected for the 1999 Excellence in Teaching Award. Rahimi has been teaching physics for over 28 years and has been a professor at SSU since 1990. He has a bachelor of arts degree and a masters degree from the Shiraz University in Iran and a Ph.D. in physics from Pennsylvania University. Rahimi has taught 30 different elementary and advanced physics coursed and laboratories at SSU. He has developed 11 out of the 30 classes he has taught. Among his many professional and committee memberships, he has been a panelist for review of the College Science Instrumentation Program for the National Science Foundation.

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