Five Sciences Faculty Honored with Georgia Tech Center for Teaching and Learning Awards

Online education winner Schatz believes shelter-in-place learning will lead to more innovation in teaching

April 29, 2020

Michael Schatz, professor in the School of Physics, has won a 2020 award from the Center for Teaching and Learning for his work in online education. The honor arrives as Georgia Tech joins universities around the globe in teaching and learning remotely due to COVID-19, and Schatz believes this period will lead to more innovation regarding online teaching from his colleagues.

“Our current circumstances are forcing all of us to think more deeply about how we can operate as educators in an online environment,” Schatz says. “I fully expect that my Georgia Tech colleagues will come up with many novel approaches to enhance the learning experiences of our students.”

Schatz is one of five College of Sciences instructors receiving 2020 Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Faculty Awards:

CTL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
This award, offered through the joint support of the CTL and BP America, highlights the excellent teaching and educational innovation that junior faculty bring to campus.


Geoffrey G. Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award
This annual award recognizes faculty who provide outstanding teaching to students in core and general education undergraduate courses.

  • Shana Kerr, Senior Academic Professional, Biological Sciences
  • Pamela Pollet, Senior Research Scientist, Chemistry and Biochemistry


Innovation and Excellence in Laboratory Instruction Award
This award is open to full-time faculty of any rank who have excelled in teaching in the laboratory. The “laboratory” can be broadly defined to include both traditional science labs and other formal courses that include experiential learning.


Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching
This award, offered in 2018-2019 for the first time, provides Georgia Tech with the opportunity to recognize full-time faculty of any rank for a strong commitment to engaged, online teaching and student success.