Dr. Barny Dunning has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 Purdue University Undergraduate Teaching Award in memory of Charles B. Murphy. He was nominated by the College of Agriculture after receiving the Richard L. Kohls outstanding undergraduate educator award in the college. During his time at Purdue, Barny has taught 8 regular courses and numerous special topics courses, shared his knowledge and love of learning with over 9,000 students, developed 3 new courses, co-developed a collaborative learning approach that forms teams of international and domestic students to enrich their experiences in a highly successful study abroad course, and mentored 17 undergraduates conducting independent research. In spite of teaching 5 or more courses annually since 2001, Barny has not sacrificed quality. Graduating seniors always identify him as an exceptional teacher, and his instructor ratings (4.3-4.9) indicate that their praise is warranted. Barny’s impressive record related to classroom instruction is rivaled by his contributions to the broader field of education. He has published 13 articles in support of pedagogy and learning. By disseminating findings to teaching peers, Dr. Dunning has improved understanding for innumerable students outside of his own classes. As an internationally renowned ornithologist, he has successfully delivered educational material for lay audiences. He coauthored a book targeting citizen naturalists that climbed as high as #18 on the New York Times best-seller list. He also collaborated on a nationally syndicated newspaper column about birds. Via these outlets, Dr. Dunning succeeded in enhancing learning for millions of interested readers.
Presentation of the award was made at the Faculty Awards Convocation reception on April 28 at the Shively Club in Ross Ade. The Murphy Award comes with a cash gift and programmatic support.
Dr. Dunning presented a lecture as part of the 2011 Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Lecture series sponsored by the Office of Academic Programs on Monday, September 19, 2011, in Pfendler Hall.
For more information on Dr. Dunning and the Charles B. Murphy Award, see Purdue Newsroom.