“Arthur is a master teacher because he loves his subject, always finding new ways to generate puzzles and challenges for MIT students.”
—Deborah K. Fitzgerald, Kenan Sahin Dean (2007-2015),
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Arthur Bahr, the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Associate Professor of Literature, has been named a 2015 MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT's highest undergraduate teaching award, along with three other outstanding MIT faculty members: Catherine L. Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor and investigator; Lorna J. Gibson, the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering; and Hazel L. Sive, a professor of biology.
All four fellows will recive $10,000 annually, for a period of 10 years, to support educational activities, research, travel, and other scholarly expenses. A highly competitive award, selection of the MacVicar Faculty Fellows involves a rigorous nomination process, including supporting letters and extensive documentation from department heads, faculty, current students, and course evaluations.
“Arthur is one of the most beloved professors in SHASS,” says Deborah K. Fitzgerald, the Kenan Sahin Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. “His piercing intelligence, combined with his droll charm, make him one of the most sought-after teachers we have. Arthur is a master teacher because he loves his subject, always finding new ways to generate puzzles and challenges for MIT students. And Arthur has great respect and admiration for his students, trusting them to push themselves to ever deeper levels of understanding.”
Photo credit: MIT SHASS Communications, Jon Sachs
Published 13 March 2015