McNeil named an Arthur F. Thurnau professor

Feb 26, 2014 Bookmark and Share

Anne McNeil

Anne McNeil

Anne J. McNeil, associate professor of chemistry, LSA, and associate professor of macromolecular science and engineering, College of Engineering, has been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as one this year’s recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau professorships, effective July 1.

McNeil has earned local and national teaching awards. She is known for perfectly paced lectures, methodical notes and explanations, real-world examples, and the integration of research to capture students’ interest. Early in her career, she challenged students to enhance the scientific content on Wikipedia. This powerful learning initiative built collaboration skills and provided free, high quality scientific knowledge to the public.

Criteria for Thurnau professorships include a strong commitment to students and to teaching and learning, excellence in teaching, innovations in teaching and learning, a strong commitment to working effectively with a diverse student body, a demonstrable impact on students’ intellectual and/or artistic development, and contributions to undergraduate education beyond the classroom, studio or lab.

The professorships are named after alumnus Arthur F. Thurnau and supported by the Thurnau Charitable Trust. Recipients receive $20,000 to support teaching activities, including travel, books, equipment and graduate student support.

From the February 24, 2014 University Record: