Boyles Given Dean’s Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching
CTR congratulates Dr. Stephen Boyles, who has received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor. UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering annually grants this award to recognize outstanding classroom teaching by an assistant professor to promote and encourage exceptional teaching in a faculty member’s early career. Recipients must demonstrate effective teaching as reflected through mechanisms such as course/instructor surveys, show a warmth of spirit and a genuine concern for students, and exhibit the ability to impart knowledge while challenging students to conduct independent inquiry. Nominations are made by engineering students and faculty, with final selection made by a committee of faculty members and the presidents of the Graduate Engineering Council and the Student Engineering Council. Boyles officially joined UT ‘s Transportation Engineering program as an assistant professor for the 2011-12 year, after receiving his Civil Engineering PhD here in 2009. He helps lead D-STOP’s summer internship program and is active in promoting transportation engineering to incoming students. Other examples of his outreach work include presenting transportation networks at UT Honors Colloquium as well as teaching a new and well-received undergraduate course on data analysis.