Steve Weiss Wins Teaching Award
Stephen F. Weiss
Professor and Chairman
Department of Computer Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
One of 16 winners of
The Board of Governors Award
Awarded 11 April 1997
for Excellence in Teaching
at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.
On the wall of Stephen Weiss's office hangs a framed photograph of
Mr. Wizard, the 1950s television personality who first piqued his
interest in science. Like his childhood role model, Weiss is admired
and envied for his imaginative use of ordinary props to illustrate
complex ideas and his remarkable ability to explain difficult
technical concepts. Observes a colleague: "He does the impossible:
make a class of 100 seem like an intimate gathering in someone's
living room." A vocal proponent of the use of technology in
learning, Weiss was the first UNC-Chapel Hill instructor to bring
personal computers into the classroom. As department chairman, he
has refused to allow research to overshadow teaching and has created
a Teaching Tune-up Committee that observes and critiques new and
tenured faculty alike. A member of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty
since 1970, Weiss graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and
holds master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. He
has won several campus teaching awards.
"He loves to see the 'YES' lightbulb go on in a student's head"
- a student
About the Board of Governors Award
The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching was established
to "underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, identify,
recognize, reward, and support good teaching within the University..."
Sixteen people receive awards--one from each of the 16 schools in the
University of North Carolina system.