Kimberly Buch, a 26-year faculty member at UNC Charlotte, has won the universitys top teaching award for 2013.
Buch was honored Friday evening at Bank of Americas Founders Hall with the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence. She was among five faculty members nominated for the honor.
Buch is a psychology professor at UNCC who says she is a facilitator of learning for students.
Our students learning and development should be the true measure of our success -- not our own engaging, entertaining or even enlightening teaching, Buch said.
Students and peers say Buch uses non-classroom educational experiences and an innovative curriculum in her classes. She also is credited for being sensitive and responsive to differences in learning styles.
She teaches students that learning is more than grades and assignments -- that true leaarning is growing through life-changing experiences like studying abroad or impacting the lives of others and ones community through service, said Fary Cachelin, chair of the psychology department.
Buch is faculty advisor for Niner Neighbors, a student-managed organization that helps find temporary housing for the homeless. She also is actively involved in the Stop Hunger Now program at UNCC.
Other nominees for the award this year were Ted Amato, professor economics; John David Smith, professor of history; Hui-Kuan Alice Tseng, associate professor of economics; and Mark West, professor of English.
Buch earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Western Kentucky University and her doctorate from Iowa State University.
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