Ares Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Nancy Ares, assistant professor in teaching and curriculum, is this spring’s recipient of the G. Graydon ‘58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty. Ares will be honored with a citation for her outstanding teaching at Commencement on Saturday, May 19, in Strong Auditorium.

The University-wide G. Graydon and Jane W. Curtis Award is given annually to recognize nontenured faculty members who excel in both teaching and research.

Ares, who joined the Warner School faculty in 2003, teaches doctoral-level courses in learning and teaching theories and research methods. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in a strong sense of social justice and the belief that learning is an active, collaborative process, one most effective when it engages students both as individuals and as members of larger, often diverse, communities. A goal of her research and teaching is to widen the types of practices invited into classroom activity, in particular, inviting practices of students that are often under-valued or excluded from teaching and learning in school.

Ares is dedicated to mentoring future educational leaders and shaping the Warner experience. Colleagues credit her revamping of Warner’s introductory doctoral research methods course, which coupled with other initiatives, for leading to an increase in the number of Ed.D. students enrolled at Warner. “The success of Nancy’s work at Warner speaks volumes about her leadership and dedication,” said Joanne Larson, Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education. “This award is a very significant honor and we couldn’t be any more proud of her.”

Prior to joining the Warner School, Ares taught at the University of Utah, where she was twice nominated for the school’s College of Education Teaching Award. Ares received a doctorate in educational psychology from Auburn University in Alabama.

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