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Clarkson University Professor James Peploski Receives Distinguished Teaching Award
Created in 1960 as the Excellent Teaching Award and renewed a decade later under a new name, the Distinguished Teaching Award and its $1,500 prize recognize "the importance of superior teaching." Clarkson University alumni nominate candidates with the recipient chosen by a faculty committee.
Peploski has had a long association with Clarkson, as a student and as a faculty member. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Clarkson in 1985, Peploski stayed on to receive his doctoral degree in physical chemistry in 1990. The following year he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry at Oklahoma State University. In 1992 he returned to Clarkson for a one-year research fellowship.
Peploski has been the director of Freshmen Chemistry since 1992 and, as such, is responsible for instructing several hundred freshmen students in introductory chemistry each year.
Peploski's classes are characterized by curriculum innovation and an emphasis on project-based learning and hands-on laboratory investigations. Freshman Forensic Chemistry is a team-focused, introductory laboratory for freshman chemistry, chemical engineering and bio-molecular science majors that examines the fundamental chemical principles underlying modern forensic investigative techniques.
Over the years, Peploski has received a number of awards and honors, including the Outstanding New Teacher Award sponsored by the Clarkson University Committee for the Improvement of Teaching and the Outstanding Teacher Award sponsored by the Clarkson University Student Association in 1994; a Distinguished Teaching Certificate from the Office of the President in 1996; the Phalanx Commendable Service Award in 2000; and a Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award earlier this year.