The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-14 Outstanding College Teaching Awards. Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Gerschick (Sociology), Dr. John C. Kostelnick (Geography), and Dr. Amy Robillard (English). Recipients are selected from each of the College’s three divisions: science/mathematics, the social sciences, and the humanities.
Thomas Gerschick holds a B.A. in psychology from Michigan State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan. Gerschick believes in the partnership between an instructor and a student. Known as a demanding instructor, he dedicates his classes to pushing students to their highest potential. Although his students work very hard, most will tell Gerschick that they are more thankful for it, as they grow to be better people and better college students. In addition to being an instructor, Gerschick served for 10 years as the advisor to ISU Habitat for Humanity; in 2008 he was awarded RSO Advisor of the Year Award.
John Kostelnick holds a B.A. in History from Iowa State University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kansas. In the classroom, he tries to convey his passion for geography to his students by challenging them to “learn by doing” through “real world” examples. Kostelnick has taught seven courses while at ISU, covering a range of thematic areas in geography. He has supervised numerous undergraduate students as research assistants and served on graduate thesis committees for students in several departments.
Amy Robillard holds a B.A. in English from Clark University, an M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and a Ph.D. in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University. To essay, she writes in her teaching philosophy, is to attempt, and in all of the courses she teaches she works to encourage students to essay at the same time that she acknowledges that she, too, is essaying. In fact, she loves essays (and dogs) so much that she named her three-year-old dog Essay. Robillard also mentors members of the English department’s chapter of Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), and has received a number of certificates of appreciation as an outstanding mentor from members of the English Department’s Sigma Tau Delta honor society.