The department is excited to announce that associate professor Zac Wood was one of the three UGA faculty members who recently received the university's highest early career teaching honor, the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. "The recipients of this year's Russell Awards demonstrate how innovative teaching can engage and inspire students", said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, whose office administers the award. (Click on heading to continue reading).
The award includes a prize of $7,500. Dr. Wood has designed innovative tools to help student’s master complicated concepts in biochemistry. He creates "virtual study groups" through a cloud-computing platform to engage students in voluntary discussions on their own time, and when he discovered that many students lacked the prerequisite knowledge needed to grasp the curriculum, he began working with Honors students to create a student-authored textbook that explains concepts useful to understanding the material.
Congratulations to Zac Wood on receiving this great honor.