Please join me in congratulating the latest College of the Environment winner of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Director and Professor André Punt.
For those of you not familiar with André’s teaching career, he has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level in SAFS for many years, including quite a few stints as the QSCI381 (intro stats with an environment/resource management flavor) instructor. That the students spoke so glowingly of André’s teaching prowess and how that class literally changed their career tracks (towards conservation and resource management, not away from it!) is a testament to André’s pedagogical power. At the graduate level, André has been responsible for a range of quantitative courses, and here again students report that his patience and his expertise pushed many to heights they didn’t know they could attain. Beyond the ivory tower, André has developed an innovative set of "mini-workshops" on quantitative topics relevant to marine resource management that are attended by graduate students, postdocs, and NOAA-National Marine Fisheries staff. Suffice to say that André is the epitome of College of the Environment education.
André joins a raft of College faculty who have won the Distinguished Teaching Award, including Terry Swanson, Loveday Conquest, Tom Quinn, and Julia Parrish. He will be honored at the Awards of Excellence Ceremony on June 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Meany Hall. Information on other nominees this year can be at http://www.washington.edu/teaching/awards/dta-recipients/
Lisa J. Graumlich
Dean, College of the Environment
Virginia and Prentice Bloedel Professor
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5679
206-221-0908 (J. Bridgman, Assistant)