(Pollock, Steven J - 2013) -- Carnegie Professor of the Year National Winners
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A theoretical nuclear physicist, Professor Pollock began teaching at CU-Boulder in 1993. Since then, he has taught the full range of physics classes available to undergraduates, from introductory level courses, including the Physics of Sound and Music, to upper-division classes for physics majors, such as Principles of Electricity and Magnetism. Professor Pollock’s teaching philosophy is rooted firmly in using research-based strategies—research to support the teaching and learning process in his classes. Outside the classroom, he conducts research on the effectiveness of various pedagogical techniques. Professor Pollock’s teaching excellence has been recognized by numerous awards. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education, Innovation and Research; the CU President’s Teaching Scholar award; the Sigma Pi Sigma Favorite Physics Professor award (multiple times); CU-Boulder’s Best Should Teach gold award; and the Boulder Faculty Assembly Teaching Excellence Award, among others. He also has been designated as a Pew-Carnegie National Teaching Scholar. Professor Pollock is the second CU-Boulder faculty member to win a national Professor of the Year award. Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, also a physics professor, was honored with the designation in 2004.