Ines Rauschenbach, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, received The Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is awarded annually to non-tenure-track, full-time faculty members in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences who have demonstrated outstanding teaching skills in classroom instruction, clinical instruction, curriculum development, or mentoring.
She is among the outstanding Rutgers faculty to be recognized with Universitywide Faculty Awards for 2020-21 that were recently announced by President Jonathan Holloway and Prabhas Moghe, executive vice president for academic affairs.
In 2012, Rauschenbach was appointed Teaching Instructor and promoted to Teaching Assistant Professor in 2016. She was appointed to serve as the director of the Microbiology Undergraduate Program in fall 2019.
Max Häggblom, chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, made the nomination of Rauschenbach to the university committee.
“She is an invaluable member of our teaching faculty in the Microbiology curriculum, taking a leadership role in both course and curriculum development. She is a highly effective teacher who demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge in her discipline of microbiology. She is effective in communicating this knowledge to her students, fosters critical thinking in educating a diverse student population, and through her enthusiasm creates a positive and inclusive environment for learning. She is a leader in microbiology education both at the university and national levels.”
Häggblom adds, “this is evident by her innovative ideas in curriculum design and modifications, active role in obtaining support for instructional improvements and involvement is the training of the next generation of microbiology teachers at Rutgers and through various venues such as the American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellowship Program. She is an inspiring and effective instructor who demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge in her discipline of microbiology. She creates and maintains an effective learning environment based on inclusion, communication, and engagement, where students integrate and apply key concepts in microbiology to build skills for the foundation of their professional success.”
The awards recognize 31 outstanding members of the Rutgers community selected by their colleagues for exceptional contributions to teaching, research or public service. For each award category, the recipients receive a commemorative certificate and an honorarium.
Read the full list of awardees.