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Shibley receives Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching


Ivan A. Shibley, associate professor of chemistry and science degree coordinator at Penn State Berks, received the 2009 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Shibley, who joined the Penn State Berks faculty in 1996, has received a number of teaching and advising awards, including two other University-wide awards, the 2004 Excellence in Advising Award and the 2002 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

According to one nominator, Professor Shibley is "a dynamic individual who possesses the unique gift of being able to make complex subjects more easily understood by students and is highly motivated to find techniques and methods to improve student learning.  In addition, he is an outstanding mentor to new faculty and helps to develop other outstanding teachers." 

"Not only do I appreciate the knowledge he has helped me to establish," added a recent graduate, "but I appreciate the contagious excitement for the material even more now. His encouragement and guidance have been a key part of my success so far and his joy at my successes has been very motivational."

The Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full-time for at least five years with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties. Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.

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