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December 20, 2000


Five University of New Mexico faculty members and teaching assistants in the College of Arts & Sciences have been named recipients of the 2000-01 Gunter Starkey Teaching Awards.

Cited for their excellence in teaching were professors Aparna Huzurbazar in Mathematics and Statistics, Sharon Warner in English, Warren Smith in Foreign Languages and Literatures and teaching assistants Mary Rooks in English and Elizabeth Malloy in Mathematics and Statistics. Faculty awards carry a stipend of $2,000, while a $1,500 stipend is awarded to teaching assistants.

The Gunter Starkey Awards, now in its third year, recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the college’s teaching mission through the quality, breadth and impact of their teaching activities. The awards are made possible through a private contribution from the Gunter Starkey estate. Recipients were selected by a college committee of six members. The awards underscore the emphasis given to quality teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“These awards emphasize the key role of teaching in all disciplines across the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Wanda Martin, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. “We’re very proud of these award winners, who are not only excellent teachers in their own classrooms, but each of whom mentors others in the arts of teaching.”

Huzurbazar has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNM since 1996. Her specialty is statistics which she enjoys teaching to engineers. She has contributed to a strong statistics curriculum within the department, helping statistics develop its own identity and thereby improving the employability of the program’s graduates.

An associate professor of English, Warner has been at UNM since 1994. She is the author of the novel “Deep in the Heart,” recently published by Dial Press. Warner is the director of the English Department’s creative writing program. In addition to writing fiction and teaching a variety of fiction workshops, she has published several articles on teaching student creative writers.

Smith is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, where he teaches Latin and Greek. Smith has been at UNM since 1971. In addition to his classroom teaching, he regularly directs students in productions of plays from Classical Greece and Rome.

A doctoral student, Rooks has been a teaching assistant in the Department of English since 1995. Her specialty is 18th Century British Literature. Rooks recently won (with colleague Shari Evans) the biennial Teaching Competition of the American Society for 18th Century Studies for her course in 18th Century Literature. Rooks has contributed to the development of the innovative curriculum now used in English 102 and serves as a mentor to less experienced teaching assistants.

Malloy, who aspires to be a professor, is currently a doctoral student pursuing her Ph.D. in statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She earned her master’s in math at UNM and has taught three years as a part-time instructor.

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