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1998 Teaching Fellows feted at commencement
June 22, 1998

Four faculty members who excel in the classroom have been named 1998-99 Teaching Fellows by the Institute for Teaching and Learning.

The fellows were announced by Chancellor Mark Emmert during undergraduate Commencement ceremonies.

The fellows are: Regina Barreca, professor of English; Robert Gallo, professor of physiology and neurobiology; John Enderle, professor of electrical engineering; and Sally Reis, professor of educational psychology.

Regina Barreca joined the English department in 1987. Known for her ability to elicit enthusiastic classroom participation and dedicated writing from her students, Barreca's courses draw large enrollments. She works closely with graduate students, honing their research and organizational skills both in course work and in publications. In addition to her many academic publications , Barreca's public speaking engagements and general audience publications help raise awareness of the University among a wide audience.

Robert Gallo came to UConn in 1982. His teaching has been characterized by working closely with both undergraduate and graduate students. Through the use of handouts, articles and videos, Gallo tries to make course material relevant to students' everyday lives. He personally trains students - many of whom co-author articles with him on the research - in his research laboratory.

Gallo has received several grants from government agencies.

John Enderle joined the UConn faculty in 1995 in the electrical and systems engineering department, heading the department for two and one-half years. He teaches two key undergraduate courses, working closely with his teaching assistants to better instruct undergraduates and to prepare graduate students for teaching on their own. With several of his colleagues, he has revived the graduate program in biomedical engineering, entering into partnerships with local hospitals and industry and increasing the number of students and faculty in the program. He has made extensive use of the Internet as a teaching resource.

Sally Reis, who earned her Ph.D. at UConn in 1981, specializes in gifted and talented education. Her experience includes extensive K-12 instruction, in addition to numerous University-level teaching positions. She joined the UConn faculty in 1988. In addition to serving as chair of the School of Education's honors committee, she consults professionally on both the state and national level. Her publication record is extensive, varied, and tied to her teaching. She is known for her ability to bring the results of her research, as well as other current professional literature, to her classrooms. The program coordinator of Confratute, a summer institute on gifted and talented education that draws participants from all over the world, Reis is internationally recognized as one of the top five experts in her field.

Sherry Fisher