Two College of Arts and Sciences faculty members won the 2018 campus undergraduate teaching and mentoring awards. Congratulations to Lauren Calandruccio (Communications Sciences) and Robert Spadoni (English) for receiving this year’s Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Calandruccio was also awarded this year’s J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. Calandruccio is the first faculty member to win both awards in the same year.
The Wittke Award was established in 1964 to honor Carl Wittke, who retired the year before after serving as a Department of History faculty member and chair, as well as vice president of Western Reserve University. The Jackson Award honors outstanding advising and mentoring of undergraduate students by a current employee or emeriti faculty member. J. Bruce Jackson, a 1952 graduate of Adelbert College, established the award in 2003 to honor Carl Wittke, who served as Jackson’s mentor as an undergraduate.
Lauren Calandruccio is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and has been recognized for the positive, creative and supportive environment she has created for her students.
Robert Spadoni is the Armington Professor in the Department of English. He teaches film studies, and his main goal is to inspire students in the way that he has been inspired. Students say his energy and passion for film is contagious.