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2016/2017 Award Recipients

Distinguished Teaching Award RecipientsDistinguished Teaching Award, Senate Members

Peter J. S. Franks (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Peter J. S. Franks has the rare ability to synthesize complicated ideas in a framework that is accessible to oceanography students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Professor Franks makes the effort to go beyond traditional lecture-style teaching; he augments lectures with interactive demonstrations that keep students engaged and eager to learn more. A student said, “His lectures were very insightful. I rarely had a day when the information did not make sense from the first explanation. His way of involving the whole class with various demonstrations and encouraging participation kept the class enthralled throughout the entire lecture.” Through his creative and engaging approach to teaching and selflessly providing his time to advise and mentor graduate students, Professor Franks has made significant and consistent educational contributions to the careers of aspiring oceanographers and the UC San Diego community as a whole.