Wiskus Wins Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Jessica Wiskus, Professor of Music, with other University recipients of President's Awards
DR. JESSICA WISKUS, Professor of Music, is a recipient of the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was conferred at the annual Convocation on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory and history, face-to-face and online, Wiskus has sparked student interest with her enthusiasm and introduced interdisciplinary pedagogy to her courses, cross-listing some courses with the philosophy department. She has integrated interdisciplinary subject matter and created innovative assignments that engage her students. Students she has mentored have become award winners in the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium; Wiskus herself received the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award in 2003. "Dr. Wiskus outlines three main themes found within her approach to teaching: an innovative, interdisciplinary approach; outstanding and consistent performance as a teacher; and exceptional student outcomes," wrote Dean Seth Beckman.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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