Bioengineering professor Jenny Amos receives 2021 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

4/2/2021 Huan Song

Bioengineering professor Jenny Amos was recognized for her sustained excellence in and innovative approaches to undergraduate teaching.

Written by Huan Song


Bioengineering professor Jenny Amos
Bioengineering professor Jenny Amos,
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Bioengineering professor Jenny Amos has been selected to receive the 2021 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This award recognizes sustained excellence in and innovative approaches to undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning.

“Dr. Amos is a pillar in the department of bioengineering and has contributed as much, or more, as anyone to the formation and evolution of our department," said Mark Anastasio, bioengineering department head. "Her depth of experience in engineering education has earned her an international reputation as a thought leader. It comes as no surprise to me that she’s been nominated and selected for this prestigious award based on her significant and widespread impact to the college of engineering and beyond.”

Since joining the bioengineering department in 2009, Amos has been a major player in designing and implementing the department's curriculum. Amos has also been extensively involved in pre-college STEM outreach efforts to increase the number of historically minoritized students in science and engineering fields. 

Her teaching philosophy is grounded in problem-based learning, interactive classrooms and inquiry-based learning to engage students' desire to understand the course material. She is consistently ranked as an excellent instructor by students in end-of-semester evaluations and has received numerous awards for her teaching excellence. Amos was also recently inducted as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in recognition of her outstanding contributions to biomedical engineering education. 

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This story was published April 2, 2021.