UAAP Recognizes Faculty and Student Contributions to Teaching and Advising

Leslie Bottari, Staff Associate, UAAP

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming is pleased to announce the selection of three distinguished MIT faculty for the 2014 Institute Convocation awards:

Arthur Smith Award for Distinguished Service to Student Life and Learning

Anne McCantsAnne E. C. McCants
Professor of History and Director of Concourse

Professor McCants is receiving the Arthur Smith Award for an unprecedented second time. Since her 2007 award, McCants’s already intense devotion to undergraduate life and learning, has deepened and broadened. Currently Director of the Concourse Program and in her second housemaster appointment, McCants has served productively on every committee and task force related to undergraduates. But she works her magic best in person, “fostering a truly intellectual environment” where “all moments—inside and outside of the classroom—are teachable moments.”

Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

William TisdaleWilliam A. Tisdale
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

According to a nominator, “it was a privilege to be a student in 10.302.” Professor Tisdale’s lectures are noted for not only being well organized, but also they creatively spark discussion and interest in the class.” His priority is that students learn. Great teachers have an innate sense of when students need help and provide support to those individuals. William brings out the best in individuals and inspires them to want to learn and gain understanding.


Earll M. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Frans KaashoekFrans Kaashoek
Charles Piper Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Professor Kaashoek is one of those distinctive advisors whose mission is to improve the undergraduate experience and to guide students through their MIT education and beyond. Kaashoek helps students think through situations, supports them as they consider varied experiences, and guides them in making decisions. He is an active listener, treats people well, and receives praise from colleagues, students and alumni for his commitment to advising. Consequently, he builds deep and lasting relationships.