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Awards / Honors

Two new University Distinguished Teaching Scholars

April 30, 2014

The designation as a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar remains with the recipient until he or she leaves the university. Scholars are chosen in an open process that begins with the selection of nominees by departments throughout campus. 

Stephanie Clemons 

Clemons, a professor of interior design in the Department of Design and Merchandising, is nationally known for her contributions to interior design education, especially in the area of curriculum design for K-12 students.

“Stephanie Clemons has been recognized as a caring teacher, adviser and mentor of interior design students since early in her career at CSU,” College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Jeff McCubbin said. “Her passion for instructing students and constant pursuit of innovative methods in teaching and learning make her an outstanding choice for the prestigious University Distinguished Teaching Scholar distinction.”

Improving teaching and her students’ learning have been a key focus of her scholarship. She has received numerous teaching awards, and students’ comments and course evaluations have been very positive throughout the years.

'Her strength is inspirational'

Among the student comments submitted in her nomination for the Alumni Association Best Teacher Award was, “Her strength is inspirational and passion for endless knowledge is motivating. She believes that learning comes from all sources. She encourages the students to teach her, as well as her sharing her knowledge with the students. By doing this she forms relationships with students. This relationship allows and invites the learning process to take place freely. As a student in two of the courses she taught, I felt my eagerness to learn was a result of her eagerness to teach. I felt that she cared about every student in her classroom and therefore I cared about what she had to say.”

Clemons joined the faculty of the Department of Design and Merchandising in 1988. She holds a Ph.D. from CSU, a master’s degree from Utah State University, and a B.A. degree from Michigan State University.

The Department of Design and Merchandising is in the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU.

John Moore

John Moore, head of CSU's Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory.

John Moore also has been selected as a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar by CSU – recognizing him as one of the most outstanding teachers in his discipline. Moore is professor and head of CSU’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and director of the renowned Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory.

Moore’s leadership as the director of CSU’s Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory has been transformative and his intellectual advances in the field of soil ecology are routinely published in leading scientific journals. He led the effort to create a new academic program at CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources – establishing the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability in 2012 and launching a new ESS Bachelor of Science degree in 2013 that has already enrolled more than 100 students and growing.

Transformative and remarkable

“As a scientist, John is exemplary,” said Warner College Dean Joyce Berry. “His leadership is transformative and his intellectual advances in the field of soil ecology and development of a new Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at CSU is remarkable. But more importantly, John has touched the lives of thousands of students - from his efforts to advance K-12 education for ecology, science, and math - to his projects to improve access to STEM science opportunities for minority and rural students.”

Moore’s impact on students is felt far beyond the walls of Colorado State University. He has touched the lives of thousands of students through his efforts in K-12 education, his initiatives to develop programs to enhance ecology, science and math teaching, and his projects to increase minority participation in environmental sciences. He is truly dedicated to students’ academic success, particularly in the sciences. He has been a leader in securing multiple grants to create new outreach and education opportunities for underserved populations across many communities in Colorado.

Global recognition

In 2012, Moore was elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, and he regularly volunteers to present at academic and industry science meetings on diverse educational topics to expand and improve global capacity for ecological education. He serves on advisory committees for the Ecological Society of America and the National Science Foundation, and his program in systems and soils ecology is recognized globally.