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Auburn University Faculty Awards

Auburn University Faculty Awards

Alumni Undergraduate Teaching

These awards are presented on the basis of outstanding teaching of undergraduates from nominations made by department heads, deans, alumni and students. A committee of retired faculty selects the recipients.

Elizabeth Brestan Knight
Associate Professor and the Lanier Professor of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

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Elizabeth Brestan Knight received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Emory University and her doctorate in clinical and health psychology from the University of Florida. After completing an internship in pediatric psychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami School of Medicine, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her research interests include the behavioral observation of parent-child interactions, the portrayal of child maltreatment in film and parent-child interaction therapy.

Mark Byrne
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

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Mark Byrne holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering/biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and Master of Science and doctorate degrees from Purdue University. He received his doctorate as a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship fellow. At Auburn, he co-directs the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Micro/Nano-Structured Materials, Therapeutics and Devices.

Phillip Zenor
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
College of Sciences and Mathematics

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Phillip Zenor has been on the faculty at Auburn since 1968, except for two years as staff engineer and section head at TRW’s Ballistic Missile Office. With Donald Thaxton, he designed and taught a four-quarter course sequence that integrated calculus and physics. Upon Thaxton’s retirement, he coauthored a calculus text that maintained the structure from the integrated class. He was a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to design and conduct a two-year sequence of courses that integrated the topics in physics, mathematics and engineering usually taken by engineering students. He is currently a co-principal investigator on a $9 million NSF grant (TEAM Math) working with Tuskegee University and 15 school districts in the surrounding area to reform and improve the mathematics instruction in the public schools. For 10 years, Zenor served as president and CEO of Formal Systems, a research company dedicated to industrial applications of mathematics and computer science. He was a co-founder of Topology Proceedings, an internationally circulated research mathematics journal that has been published at Auburn for more than 30 years.