NJIT Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

NEWARK, April 19--Dana Knox, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently received NJIT's Excellence in Teaching Award, given annually to a professor whose teaching has had an immense and positive impact on students.

Knox received the award at the NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) awards banquet.

Upon presenting Knox with the award, William Van Buskirk, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said that students never forget Knox.

"Excellence in teaching is not only proved by high student evaluations, which Professor Knox consistently gets," Van Buskirk said, "but it also involves concern for the students, concern for the curriculum, and creativity in introducing new courses and revamping existing ones. Knox cares about students and gives generously of his time to whoever seeks his help."

Knox has been a member of NJIT's chemical engineering department since 1983. For more than 18 years, he has sustained a record of excellence in teaching. In 1993, he received the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award-undergraduate level, and in 1994 he received the Robert W. Van Houten Award for teaching excellence - an award voted on by alumni.

Van Buskirk added that Knox has worked on curricular affairs; was involved in changing a thermodynamics course sequence and equilibrium stage processes course; revamped a graduate course on thermodynamics and introduced a new course on statistical thermodynamics. He was also the key person behind the development and teaching of a two-course sequence that novice chemical engineering students take before they pursue graduate work. He also chairs the chemical engineering department's curriculum committee.

"Knox is a true and excellent educator," Van Buskirk said, "and he is popular with students despite the high standards he expects from them."


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