2013 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
Dr. Anderson Sunda-Meya
Department of Physics
Dr. Sunda-Meya is an Associate Professor in the Physics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. His students know and understand how much he wants them to succeed. Students say that his door is always open and that he will go that “extra mile” to assist them. He uses inquiry-based learning to help his students grasp various concepts. He provides them with opportunities to apply these concepts through service learning projects with local high schools and through a study abroad course and community service in his native Angola. In addition to teaching Physics, Dr. Sunda-Meya also mentors students in Xavier’s Dual Degree Engineering program.
Dr. Susan Spillman
Department of Languages
Dr. Spillman is an Associate Professor of French in the Languages Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. She believes that students learn a foreign language best when they use authentic materials and resources used by native speakers. Students speak of Dr. Spillman’s excellence in the classroom and of her ability to use innovative teaching techniques and field-based experiences to help them master the French Language and appreciate Francophone cultures. Through the quality of her mentorship and assistance with planning and preparing for study abroad experiences, Dr. Spillman has changed students’ perspectives and tranformed their lives.