Teaching Excellence Seminar:
Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor Awardee Lecture
Professor of Physics, University of South Carolina
April 17, 2009
In this seminar, Dr. Mishra shares instructional strategies found successful in large enrollment courses such as PHYS 201, 202, 211 and 212. In his teaching, he chooses to embrace the rigor of a topic and to emphasize and repeat the unifying principle behind each course to connect course topics through the context of the discipline. He also uses a strategy which engages the high achievers outside of class time so they, then, inspire others and make the course more productive for all. His interesting classroom strategies result in increased student engagement, especially in high-enrollment sections.
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About the Presenter
Considered the highest honor for teaching at USC - Columbia, the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award is given annually to a truly exceptional educator. The 2008 awardee is Dr. Sanjib Mishra, Professor of Physics. A graduate of Columbia University with a PhD in Physics, Dr. Mishra also holds degrees in both Mathematics and Philosophy. After eight years at Harvard University, he was enticed to join the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 2000 as a professor in High Energy Particle Physics. While his reputation in his area of research is substantial and he travels extensively to use national and international research facilities, it is evident that when he is on campus and teaching, whether it be a class of two hundred pre-medical students, or an upper-division class of five physics majors, he is totally invested in his teaching and devotes his full time and energy to the task at hand.