LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas senior class announced Saturday that Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, professor of mathematics and Information and Telecommunication Technology Center faculty investigator, has won the annual H.O.P.E. Award -- Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator.
After narrowing the candidates from 17 semifinalists to seven finalists, the KU senior class selected Pasik-Duncan as this year's winner and honored her at the KU football game at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 16. KU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost David Shulenburger and senior class officers Roarke Gordon, Wichita, class president; James "Jay " Brooks, Baldwin City, vice president; Ryan Higgins, Wichita, secretary; and Michael Foster, Dallas, treasurer; honored all seven finalists and presented the award on the field during halftime.
Other H.O.P.E. Award finalists this year were Kerry Benson, journalism lecturer; Malcolm Gibson, assistant professor of journalism and general manager for the University Daily Kansan newspaper; Stephen "Steve" Ilardi, the Wright scholar assistant professor of psychology; Thomas Lewin, associate professor of history; C.R. "Rick" Snyder, M. Erik Wright distinguished professor in clinical psychology; and Nona Tollefson, professor of education.
The KU class of 1959 established the H.O.P.E. Award, which is the only KU honor for teaching excellence that is bestowed exclusively by students. To date, KU senior classes have given 46 H.O.P.E. awards. In 1972, three faculty members received the award because of a tie.
Each year, senior class members select the winner by ballot and interviews. The winner receives a monetary award and recognition on a permanent plaque displayed in the Kansas Union.
Pasik-Duncan joined KU's faculty in 1984. Her previous teaching awards include the 2002 Frank B. Morrison Teaching Award, the 1996 G. Baley Price Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Mathematics Graduate Students Association, and a 1996 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. She has held visiting appointments in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Japan and China. She earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Warsaw University. Pasik-Duncan teaches graduate-level math courses that focus on statistical theory, stochastic processes and stochastic adaptive control.