2020-2021 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients

2020-2021 Distinguished Teaching Award Winners: (top left to bottom right) Chiye Aoki, Professor, Department of Neural Science and Biology College of Arts & Science; Jennifer Hill, Professor, Department of Applied Statistics and Data Science Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Alexander R. Kerr, Clinical Professor, Department of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine College of Dentistry; Amal Shehata, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Accounting Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Adam Skolnick, Associate Professor of Medicine, Grossman School of Medicine; Janet Zarish, Associate Arts Professor, Tisch School of Arts.


Chiye Aoki

Professor, Department of Neural Science and Biology
College of Arts & Science

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The goal of Chiye Aoki’s research is to understand the cell biological mechanisms underlying plasticity and stability of neurons. Aoki is investigating how catecholamines and acetylcholine in the neocortex regulate plasticity via interactions with amino acid neurotransmitters during postnatal development and in adulthood.

Jennifer Hill

Professor, Department of Applied Statistics and Data Science
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

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Jennifer Hill develops and evaluates methods that help answer the causal questions that are vital to policy research and scientific development. She focuses on situations where it is difficult or impossible to perform traditional randomized experiments, or when study designs are complicated by missing or hierarchically structured data. Hill has been pursuing two intersecting strands of research: Bayesian nonparametric methods and strategies for exploring the impact of violations of typical causal inference assumptions.

Alexander R. Kerr

Clinical Professor, Department of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine
College of Dentistry

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Ross Kerr’s research interests include aphthous stomatitis (canker sores) and oral cancer. His clinical practice focuses on the dental management of medically complex patients and the diagnosis and treatment of patients with oral mucosal disease, salivary gland dysfunction and oral-facial pain.

Amal Shehata

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Accounting
Leonard N. Stern School of Business

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Amal Shehata teaches residential and online courses in financial accounting and auditing in the undergraduate and graduate schools. She has recently created a new course, Accounting and the Blockchain, that explores how this technology will impact many dimensions of the accounting industry.

Adam Skolnick

Associate Professor of Medicine
Grossman School of Medicine

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Adam Skolnick’s specialty training in cardiovascular disease was completed at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he was twice named the fellow of the year and served as chief cardiology fellow. Dr. Skolnick has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, served as an official reviewer of the 2014 ACC/AHA Valvular Heart Disease Guidelines and was on the 2019 Program Planning Committee of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Skolnick is dedicated to outstanding patient care and effective communication with patients and their families.

Janet Zarish

Associate Arts Professor
Tisch School of Arts

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Janet Zarish has taught acting at The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Actors Center, The Manhattan School of Music, UCLA, USC, and North Carolina School of the Arts. As an actress, she has performed on and Off-Broadway, starring in such productions as Other People's Money at the Minetta Lane Theatre, and Miss Julie and An Enemy of the People at the Roundabout Theatre. She has guest starred in over twenty television shows and has directed The Slope, a pilot presentation for CBS.