The University of Tulsa honored its Outstanding Teachers for 2016 during spring commencement. Tyler Johannes, associate professor of chemical engineering; Elizabeth McCormick, associate clinical professor of law; and Ron Walker, clinical associate professor of athletic training received a medal and stipend for their devotion to teaching and mentoring TU students. Candidates for the award are suggested by student nominations. Winners are selected by colleagues on the university’s faculty affairs committee.
Johannes joined TU in 2008 and teaches engineering and synthetic biology courses in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. He is known as an effective and engaging professor who prepares his students to become world-class researchers. Johannes has been the faculty adviser for several ChemE car student teams and has mentored 25 undergraduate students through the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge program and other funded research.
McCormick has taught and mentored students in the College of Law’s Immigrant Rights Project for 10 years. She has successfully represented hundreds of clients including asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries, detained immigrant mothers and children and other non-citizens facing immigration detention. McCormick strives to provide her students with many opportunities for practice, feedback and learning that ensures clients are well served.
Walker teaches athletic training and exercise science courses in the Oxley College of Health Sciences. A faculty member since 2005, he is respected for his versatility in the clinical environment, facilitating hands-on applications, interactive simulations and emergency response protocols. He is respected by students for his ability to create class procedures and activities that are tailored to individual student’s abilities and experiences.