James F. LaSalle Teaching Excellence Award
|Dr. James F. LaSalle|
The James F. LaSalle Teaching Award is given every Fall to a MIS graduate student instructor who exemplifies the best of teaching and who is following Jim's steps of excellence in the classroom.
This award was established in honor of Professor Jim LaSalle who has taught at the university for over 40 years and is the professor cited by the most students as having had an impact on their undergraduate education.
Jim retired from teaching in 2004 and according to UA’s Alumni Association Jim has taught over 50,000 students during his UA teaching career! More about Jim here.
2012 - Yi-Da Chen
Yi-Da's teaching philosophy is: "Every time I ask myself what kind of teacher I want to be, I think of teachers who I admired and helped me the most. There are three common things that these teachers have taught me and which I strive for in my own classes. They are to convey difficult concepts in a way students can follow and comprehend, emphasize and encourage class discussions and listen to and respect student’s differences in opinions. Every time I taught, I found myself a step closer to those teachers that I greatly admire by strengthening the logical flow of my teaching materials, emphasizing the importance of class discussion and being sympathetic towards students’ learning problems.”