Undergraduates call them brilliant, inspirational teachers
May 14, 2014 8:45 AM
Scott Grayson “does what many would think impossible. He transforms sophomore-level organic chemistry from a despised course into an embraced course,” his department chair says. Brilliant teaching, infectious enthusiasm and “seemingly unlimited accessibility” describe his classroom work in nine years at Tulane, although he also is a stellar researcher. “Keep him forever at Tulane” and “He should win the Nobel Prize for teaching” are among the many comments from his students. “There is nobody more deserving of a Weiss Presidential Fellowship,” a colleague says.
A passionate teacher whose classes are both “rigorous and accessible,” Jeffrey Gunshol teaches both theater and dance majors, advises students in honors theses, is a choreographer for the department and is a “champion for all of his students.” One colleague says Gunshol works meticulously with students, “getting from them more than they could ever imagine they are capable of.” Another praises him for creating “an interdisciplinary program where dance students understand theater and where theater students understand dance and life.” A students adds, “He is the type of teacher whose generosity of spirit and talent to inspire are inexhaustible.”