Associate Professor Robin Queen was named an Arthur F. Thurnau professor in 2010. The Thurnau professorship is the highest recognition that the University can bestow on a faculty member for excellence in and dedication to undergraduate education. Among the many reasons why Robin is well deserving of this title is her innovative approach to teaching. She is always exploring new ways of increasing students' involvement and participation in their own learning. In recent years, for instance, Robin has been been using blogging in large undergraduate classes as a tool for increasing student engagement.
Robin recently gave an invited presentation about this in a Provost's Seminar on Teaching. The theme of this seminar was Teaching in the Cloud: Using Google Apps and Other Online Collaboration Tools for Student Engagement. A special issue of the CRLT's Occasional Papers, dedicated to this seminar, just appeared. Robin's presentation is also available on YouTube at this link.