January 22, 2018

Christine Hrycyna named 150th Anniversary Professor

Peter Hollenbeck, Patrick J. Wolfe, Christine Hrycyna and Jay Akridge Peter Hollenbeck, vice provost for faculty affairs; Patrick J. Wolfe, the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science and the William F. and Patty J. Miller Professor of Statistics; Christine Hrycyna, professor and department head in the Department of Chemistry; and Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood) Download image

Christine Hrycyna, professor and department head in the Department of Chemistry, has been named a 150th Anniversary Professor by the Office of the Provost, honoring her achievements in teaching at Purdue.

“The 150th Anniversary Professorships honor master teachers who have dedicated their careers to excellence in teaching and mentorship,” says Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. “With their talent and devotion to our students and learning, Christine Hrycyna and the other 150th Anniversary Professors lift all of us at Purdue.”

The Office of the Provost will name 10 faculty with the designation of 150th Anniversary Professor, which coincides with the upcoming 150th anniversary of Purdue. Faculty who receive this distinction also will receive an annual discretionary allocation of $25,000.

Hrycyna has previously served as associate head for undergraduate education and teaching for the chemistry department and has had a major role in the development of courses and curriculum. She contributed to the redesign of the four-semester chemistry sequence for life science majors at Purdue.

She is a three-time recipient of the Department of Chemistry's Arthur E. Kelley Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Teaching, a 2007 winner of the Charles B. Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, and a member of the Teaching Academy. She is an active mentor for students and participates in Horizons and other student mentoring programs.

“I have yet to meet another teacher as passionate, dedicated and interested in her students,” said a former student and now physician. “It is evident that teaching is not merely part of her career as a professor but is a passion.”  

The principal criteria for selection as a 150th Anniversary Professor included:

* Development or transformation of courses and/or curricula.

* Receipt of Purdue teaching awards at the department/school, college and university level (i.e., Murphy Award or election to the Teaching Academy).

* History of outstanding teaching evaluations from faculty peers, students and/or alumni.

Other considerations included mentoring and contributing to the academic, career and personal development of students within and outside the classroom, as evidenced by one or more the following:

* History of outstanding mentoring evaluations from faculty peers, students or alumni

* Receipt of unit, college or university awards for student mentoring.

* Sustained involvement as an advisor or mentor to student organizations (e.g., academic clubs, university clubs, club sports, student initiatives).

The 150th Anniversary Professors were selected by a committee of 13 senior faculty who are distinguished and named professors, winners of the Murphy Award, and members of the Teaching Academy. The inaugural 150th Anniversary Professorships will be funded by the Provost’s Office until donors are found to endow these named professorships. 

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