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James L. Hollis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

This award has been given annually since 1971. The Engineering Honors and Awards Committee make the selection based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation in course development, laboratory development, and classroom instruction;
  • Well-respected by students and colleagues; and
  • Demonstrated competence and enthusiasm for instruction.

Materials to be submitted (adopted from Presidential Award Guidelines) to the Dean’s office:

  1. Nomination letter from the DH that describes in detail why the nominee is deserving of this award.  Include information on the teaching load of the candidate, their involvement in departmental course/curriculum activities and/or teaching innovations, and demonstrated excellence in teaching.
  2. Nominee's current curriculum vitae.
  3. Summary of undergraduate courses taught within the last two years (include title and short description of course, along with number of students enrolled).
  4. Student evaluations (as administered by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning) from at least two, but not more than three, undergraduate courses taught within the last three semesters. If a nominee has taught any large freshman/sophomore course within the last three semesters, those evaluations should be submitted. Student comments should also be included along with the numerical evaluation summary.
  5. Paragraph from nominee on his/her teaching philosophy
  6. Up to three letters of support from students.
  7. List of contributions made by the nominee to the teaching field within the last two years (one-page limit) [This may include scholarly presentations and publications; innovative and imaginative teaching/presentation materials and/or methods;  …].

James L. Hollis Award Nomination Form

Current Recipient

Lisa WilkenLisa R. Wilken, BAE, 2017

This year’s recipient is Dr. Lisa R. Wilken, assistant professor in the department of biological and agricultural engineering. 

  • Wilken was a recipient of the Charles H. Scholer Faculty Award and Dean’s Award Excellence in Teaching in 2016.
  • In 2016, Wilken received the ASABE A.W. Farrall Young Educator Award, the University Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research, and the K-State Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
  • In 2015, Wilken received the Outstanding Assistant Professor Award, as well as the Dean's Award of Excellence in Service.

Comments from students and colleagues:

  • “She is an outstanding educator who has repeatedly demonstrated her passion for teaching undergraduates and helping them develop into great engineers who can think critically and solve problems.”
  • “Dr. Wilken is a leader in preparing the next generation students in biological systems engineering.”
  • “Wilken is a very well rounded teacher. She displays a very nice presentation and notes for students in a very professional manner, while at the same time, can be personable to the students in their different project areas. She is able to help on many different levels. I appreciate her attitude in class in think that she brings a good energy to the classroom. A+ teacher.”

Past Recipients

Bruce R. Babin, MNE, 2016
Ronaldo G. Maghirang, BAE, 2015
Kevin Wanklyn, MNE, 2014
Asad Esmaeily, CE, 2013
Keith Hohn, CHE, 2012
Fred Hasler, ARE/CNS, 2011
Hayder Rasheed, CE, 2010
Todd Easton, IMSE, 2009
Julia Keen, ARE/CNS, 2008
Bruce R. Babin, MNE, 2007
James E. DeVault, EECE, 2006
David A. Pacey, MNE, 2005
Yacoub M. Najjar, CE, 2004
Steven J. Eckels, MNE, 2003
Larry A. Glasgow, CHE, 2002
William B. Kuhn, EECE, 2001
Ronaldo G. Maghirang, BAE, 2000
Michael N. Hafling, ARE/CNS, 1999
David A. Pacey, MNE, 1998
Carl O. Riblett, ARE/CNS, 1997
Ruth A. Dyer, EECE, 1996
Robert R. Snell, CE, 1995
Larry A. Glasgow, CHE, 1994
John C. Matthews, CHE, 1993
Robert L. Gorton, ME, 1992
Medhat M. Morcos, EECE, 1991
Allan P. Goodman, ARE/CNS, 1990
Peter B. Cooper, CE, 1989
Bradley A. Kramer, IE, 1988
Gary L. Johnson, EECE, 1987
Richard E. Faw, NE, 1986
Charles L. Burton, ARE/CNS, 1985
Arthur R. Vaughan, ET, 1984
Muthuraj Vaithianathan, IE, 1983
Cecil H. Best, CE, 1982
Donald R. Hummels, EE, 1981
Charles R. Bissey, ARE/CNS, 1980
Edwin C. Lindly, ARE/CNS, 1979
Richard R. Gallagher, EE, 1978
Robert E. Crank, ME, 1977
Kuo-Kuang Hu, CE, 1976
Hermann J. Donnert, NE, 1975
Doris L. Grosh, IE, 1975
J. Fred Merklin, NE, 1974
Ted O. Hodges, AGE, 1973
Clyde H. Sprague, ME, 1972
Michael S. P. Lucas, EE, 1971