Peter Kilpatrick, provost of Illinois Institute of Technology, recognized faculty across campus through his office’s 2019 Excellence in Teaching Awards. Those from the College of Science recognized for their accomplishments include Hemanshu Kaul, associate professor of applied mathematics; Alan Glodowski, senior lecturer of physics; and Bryce Littlejohn, assistant professor of physics.
Kaul received the Board of Trustees Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. He was recognized for his combination of skills as a classroom teacher and student mentor. Kaul has advised more students in discrete mathematics than any other professor at Illinois Tech, and was noted for creating challenging problems while ensuring student success. He is the co-advisor for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics club, and supervises students participating in the mathematical modeling contest. Kaul helped develop a lecture series entitled My Favorite Theorem, which introduces students to the wonderful world of mathematics. His expertise lies in graph theory and combinatorics, discrete optimization and operations research, and probabilistic models and methods in discrete mathematics.
Glodowski received the Michael J. Graff Teaching and Advising Innovation Award and was noted for his contributions toward the design of the newly constructed, flexible twenty-first century lecture rooms in the Robert A. Pritzker Science Center. During his 15 years teaching at Illinois Tech, Glodowski has improved the physics department’s introductory service courses, and mentored his fellow professors in the use of an innovative flipped classroom approach and interactive response systems. He serves as an advisor for all physics majors during their first two years, and his “Ten Commandments”—or guidelines for success—was commended for helping first-year students flourish academically, emotionally, and socially.
Littlejohn represented the College of Science for the College/School Excellence in Teaching awards. He was recognized for including undergraduates in his cutting-edge neutrino research along with graduate and postdoctoral students. Littlejohn was applauded for his flexibility as an instructor, teaching physics courses from introductory courses to graduate classes and everything in between, as well as running the department’s colloquium courses. Recently, his research includes measuring antineutrinos created by nuclear reactors.