Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been awarded the prestigious NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes that, along with research, exceptional teaching, both within and outside the classroom, is among NYU's institutional priorities. Dr. Spielman was one of only six NYU faculty members to receive the award.
Dr. Spielman is nationally known for his expertise in molecular mechanisms of the olfactory (smell) and gustatory (taste) senses. He has published extensively in the area of taste, including a textbook on the cell biology of taste and smell, and has received grants from NIH, NSF, and private foundations and industry. He is Past-President of the American Association of Oral Biologists and, more recently, Chair of the Section on Educational Research/Curriculum Development of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Despite his extensive administrative duties, he continues to teach dental students in biochemistry, cell biology, oral biology, pathology, diagnosis, and, more recently, "The History of Dentistry and Medicine." Starting in fall 2009, he will also teach that course at the NYU College of Arts and Science as part of the freshman Honors Seminars series.
In his letter recommending Dr. Spielman for this honor, Dean Bertolami cited "the extensiveness and sincerity of Dr. Spielman's teaching commitment; his genuine passion for his subject area, including his ability to communicate it to students with force and logic and to awaken in them genuine interest in the field through the sheer force of his charisma and infectious enthusiasm; his central role in introducing instructional technology at the College-most particularly the computer-based VitalBook, an electronic delivery system for all textbooks; and his role in developing the NYU Academy of Health Educators" (see related article).
NYUCD congratulates Dr. Spielman on receiving this wonderful, well-deserved award in tribute to a master of the art of teaching.