From the UCSB Academic Senate:
Professor Carla D’Antonio holds the Schuyler Chair of the Environmental Studies Program, where she has served since 2005. She is also holds an appointment in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology, is the Faculty Director of the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity & Ecological Restoration, and is an affiliate of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.
One of her students describes her as “engaging, organized, accessible, and most importantly an excellent communicator of complex scientific concepts.” This student continues, stating: “…in terms of the ability to communicate scientific ideas and serve as a role model for young scientists, I would easily place Carla in the top 1% of teachers with whom I have interacted.”
Through her teaching, Professor D’Antonio blends her love of nature, her excitement of discovery, and her belief in the importance of a solid understanding of the process of science. She states, “I want to take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity I have to influence students to go beyond what we can teach them in a single quarter and become better problem solvers and more educated voters and citizens.” According to her nominator, she succeeds by bringing “to the classroom incredible dedication to both her material and her students, and she also brings profound skill in communicating complex concepts and information.”
One of her students states, “Through careful teaching over the past five years, Carla’s thoughtful mentorship has helped me to grow as both a scientist and a communicator. Carla’s optimism is contagious in the seminar setting and her innate knack for inspiring scientific curiosity in students generates a rigorous, yet exciting classroom atmosphere. I personally try to emulate Carla’s style of teaching when I work with my own undergraduate research-for-credit interns and will continue to do so when I become a professor with my own graduate students.” [And as an additional testament, this student is a recipient of this year’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant award.]
In summary, her nominator writes, “I would say that while there may be a number of teachers at UCSB who are Carla’s equal, since dedication and skill in teaching are not rare here, I would equally say that there are none better. She is an extraordinary teacher and mentor, the kind of person who changes students’ lives.”
For her hard work and dedicated teaching Professor Carla D’Antonio is awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award. Congratulations!