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McGregor Receives College’s First Outstanding Teacher Award

Andrew McGregor

Associate Professor Andrew McGregor was selected as the recipient of the 2016 CICS Outstanding Teacher Award. "The CICS Awards Committee selected Andrew based on a number of factors including his excellent teaching evaluations, letters from students supporting his nomination, and his contribution to the college's teaching mission," said Associate Professor Arun Venkataramani, awards committee chair.

McGregor regularly teaches the undergraduate course on uncertainty and the graduate course on advanced algorithms among others. In nominating McGregor, students noted a number of McGregor's teaching strengths, including his energy and contagious enthusiasm; his mastery of subject material with interactive, clear, and well-presented lectures; his responsiveness to student feedback; and, his helpfulness during office hours. Students wrote:

"He enjoys seeing students' ah-ha moment when they finally understood."
"I came into this class expecting it to be a dry subject, but it turned out to be one of my most favorite classes thanks to Professor McGregor's teaching style and dedication."
"This class is one of my favorite classes even though it was the hardest."

In its inaugural year, the CICS award carries a $1000 prize and a commemorative plaque. McGregor will be formally recognized at the undergraduate commencement as well as during the Faculty Honors Dinner in April. The College Outstanding Teacher Award (COTA) program was instituted as a complement to the Distinguished Teaching Award and is administered by the Provost's Office and the individual colleges.