(Hrenya, Christine M - 2013) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Teaching
Award or Honor Receipt
Professor Hrenya is widely regarded by her colleagues and her students as a teacher who can make even the most challenging subject matter accessible and engaging. Drawing on fifteen years of teaching experience, Professor Hrenya uses innovative teaching methods to make her classes interactive and student-centered. One observer of her classroom noted that she moved skillfully among her lecture, printed lecture notes, small-group work, and other student activities. Students frequently describe her classes as “fun”—including those that are scheduled early in the morning or those that address complicated topics such as upper-level fluid dynamics. In addition to her commitment to excellence in her own classroom, Professor Hrenya has also devoted considerable time to improving pedagogy across the field of chemical engineering. She has facilitated a workshop solely on the importance of pedagogy in her field and published and presented scholarly talks on education-centered issues in chemical engineering. Professor Hrenya’s dedication to teaching and scholarship on pedagogy makes her an asset to her students, her department, and her discipline as a whole.