Nine Undergraduate Faculty Selected for Awards by Students and Administration
Nine faculty members at Yeshiva University’s undergraduate colleges have been selected for special recognition by the Class of 2017 and University leadership.
Yeshiva College: Daniel Kimmel and Lin Snider
Dr. Daniel Kimmel, visiting assistant professor of sociology, and Lin Snider, director of Yeshiva College Dramatics Society productions, have been named Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year and Adjunct of the Year, respectively, at Yeshiva College.
“Daniel’s classes are exciting and rewarding, attracting many students each semester, and Lin has directed and produced the Yeshiva College Dramatics Society play for the past decade – her productions are wonderful and the students benefit from her leadership and the exposure to the world of the theater,” said Associate Dean Fred Sugarman.
“I’ve been tremendously fortunate to have an incredible crop of brilliant and adventurous students who’ve been willing to come along for the ride,” said Kimmel. “It’s gratifying to know I’ve made an impact on enough students that I’d even be considered for this.”
“Watching the students grow in their individual and ensemble skills, their appreciation of the work of developing a theatrical production and their joy and pride in participating in the shows have all been wonderful for me,” said Snider. “In the process of creating the well-rounded, empathetic, creative and informed future citizens-of-the-world that we all want these young men to become, having experienced working in the theater is unique in the opportunities it provides to expand one’s world view, share a connection with others and develop skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.”
Stern College for Women: Jeffrey Mollin, Alan Broder, Saul Berman, Nechama Price and Reuven Russell
At Stern College for Women, Jeffrey Mollin, laboratory instructor specialist and pre-nursing advisor, and Alan Broder, adjunct professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, received the Karen Bacon Faculty Award, while Rabbi Saul Berman, professor of Jewish studies, was named William L. Silber Professor of the Year. Nechama Price, instructor in Bible and Jewish studies and director of the Graduate Program of Advanced Talmudic Studies, and Reuven Russell, professor of speech and drama, were chosen as Professors of the Year by the Class of 2017.
“Every year from among our very talented and distinguished faculty individuals are singled out for having made unique contributions that extend far beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Karen Bacon, the Dr. Mordecai D. and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “This year’s honorees have done just that. Their impact on our students’ lives are enormous and we salute them for this and so much more.”
“I am very proud of my current and former students and am awed by their many accomplishments,” said Mollin. “It is always gratifying when a former student comes back to visit and tells me how much she enjoys her career and that my class or my guidance or advisement played a part in helping to achieve her goals. Another positive experience was going to my cardiologist for an appointment and discovering that his physician assistant was a former student in my anatomy lab. She is not only great at her job, but has helped current Stern students by allowing them to shadow her and by answering their questions about the PA field.”
“My favorite moment every semester is when students have successfully written and run their very first lines of code,” said Broder. “I never get tired of seeing students realize for the first time the power that they have to control a computer by writing code. It’s always a thrill when students share their news that they’ve gotten a great job, or have been admitted to a competitive graduate program. It is inspiring to teach to a class of students that are bright, eager to learn, and willing to do the hard work that it takes to become a computer scientist.”
“The reason the award means so much to me is because I love my students,” said Price. “My students inspire me every single day, and I feel privileged to be able to learn with them. I would like to express my extreme gratitude to them for giving me this incredible award.”
“I am so honored to have been voted professor of the year again,” said Russell. “Rabbi Chanina in the Talmud said it best: ‘I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and the most from my students.’ ”
Sy Syms School of Business: Jesse Itzkowitz and Laizer Kornwasser
Dr. Jesse Itkowitz, assistant professor of marketing, and Laizer Kornwasser, adjunct professor and a member of the Sy Syms School of Business Board of Trustees, were voted professor and adjunct of the year, respectively, at Sy Syms.
“Jesse Itzkowitz is a great professor, he connects extremely well with the students and is always there when needed to provide service to the school,” said Associate Dean Michael Strauss. “And even though Laizer comes from an extremely successful business career, his energy, passion and devotion to students make it seem like he has been teaching for a lifetime. We are fortunate to have them on our faculty.”
“My favorite part of working with our students is their enthusiasm,” said Itzkowitz. “Every year, students ask questions that force me to rethink and critically evaluate the ideas that I teach them. This has not only made me a better teacher, but a better scientist.”
“There are numerous students from 20 years ago that I am still in touch with and have advised them along their career journey,” said Kornwasser. “Some of my recent students have turned into chavrusahs and business colleagues. My passion is helping the students grow and be successful, however they define success.”