2016 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Cheryl L. Dickter

Professor Cheryl L. DickterProfessor Dickter has distinguished herself through her classroom instruction of students, in the opportunities she provides students to conduct research, and as an adviser and campus leader in areas of diversity. Through her courses in "Stereotyping and Prejudice" and "Social Psychology" she addresses difficult, often "taboo" topics such as race, power, sexuality, culture, gender, and religion, winning top course evaluations from students, who note they "love coming to class." Through her participation in University Teaching Project workshops she has shared her expertise on diversity issues, including the emerging area of students who identify as neuro-diverse. She supervises undergraduate and graduate students in her research laboratory, providing opportunities for them to publish their research findings in leading journals and present at national conferences. To date she has chaired or co-chaired eleven master's degree thesis committees and twenty-two Honors committees and advised and guided students in the Monroe and Sharpe scholar programs. Currently she serves as co-director for the Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience program, which supports academically distinguished students from under-represented racial groups, first-generation students, and students from challenging backgrounds. It is fitting that she now be recognized with the Arts and Sciences 2016 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.