(Tucker, Gregory E - 2013) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Teaching
Award or Honor Receipt
After gaining teaching experience at both Oxford University and MIT, Professor Tucker joined the Department of Geological Sciences in 2004. Since then, he has garnered the respect of his colleagues for his teaching abilities and has also served as an advisor for a number of postdoctoral, doctoral, and master’s students. In the classroom, Professor Tucker demonstrates a passion for his subject matter that enlivens even the most difficult or dry of topics. One observer of his classroom noted that, although it was a large lecture class, Professor Tucker “did everything possible to make the class as intimate as possible.” He walked the aisles of the large lecture hall and queried and involved the students in his presentation. Professor Tucker made the material relevant by referencing geological features in the Boulder area and also by drawing on his own extensive and accomplished fieldwork. Professor Tucker’s impressive research record, which recently garnered him the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal from the European Geosciences Union, clearly complements his already high standard of teaching excellence.