Congratulations to Associate Professor Ivy Pike, who was awarded the University of Arizona Foundation Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award! This award recognizes excellence in the art of teaching at all levels with a particular focus on undergraduate teaching. In addition to a monetary award, the honor comes with a plaque in the Donna Swaim Honors Lounge in the Student Union Memorial Center.
This award was given to Dr. Pike in recognition of her achievements both in the classroom and through her mentoring efforts. In particular, the committee recognized key contributions in the classroom, where Dr. Pike implements an exciting combination of biological and social science approaches that lead students to integrative discoveries at the edges of diverse disciplines. In addition, the committee recognized her contributions to the B.S. degree program in anthropology, inaugurated in 2010, that provides University of Arizona undergraduate students with hands on laboratory experience, rigorous training in human evolutionary biology, and broad exposure to the principles of anthropology. Finally, Dr. Pike exemplifies the best of UA teaching through her efforts to transform the field of anthropology through her internship program and through one-on-one mentorship of underrepresented students.
The School of Anthropology congratulates Dr. Pike on being a shining example of what we can accomplish in the classroom. We are excited that her work and efforts are being recognized with one of the most prestigious awards given at the University of Arizona.