McPherson wins Outstanding Teaching Award by a Lecturer

Posted: April 12, 2016

The Ohio State University 2016 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer was awarded to teacher Ryan McPherson from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The award was established in 2015, and is presented each year to an individual lecturer, senior lecturer, or other auxiliary faculty member, who demonstrates excellence in teaching within the College of Engineering.

McPherson started part time in his role at ECE in Autumn 2011 and went to full time in 2012. Since then, he is credited for helping to revive student engagement in course ECE2300, which focuses on circuits. The class is often taken by students in majors outside of ECE – often reluctantly.

Those who nominated McPherson for the award said he has helped many students successfully navigate the class through his interactive teaching style and general empathy for those in his class. In turn, the students give him glowing reviews for his teaching methods.

“His clear and amiable teaching style has not only made this course much more popular with students, but has also restored friendly relations with our customer departments,” ECE Department Chair Joel Johnson wrote in his nomination letter.

“By far the best possible professor to teach this material. Lectures were excellent, and I loved his method of teaching the material,” one student wrote.