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Buffalo Township Resident Receives DU Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

Darryl J. Ozimek, an instructor of physics in Duquesne University’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Ozimek, a Buffalo Township resident who was selected by his colleagues for the 2011 Bayer School award for Excellence in Teaching, is actively engaged in course development for electronics and the life-science based physics laboratories, but a primary responsibility is teaching physics core course for non-science majors. Ozimek delivers his classroom messages with an average of five demonstrations a week for classes of 50 to 100-plus students, ranging from energy and motion, to electricity and magnetism, to optics and waves. He has created many of these demonstrations or extensively modified and adapted them from previously published demonstrations with the investment of much preparation and significant effort.

Ozimek started his career in secondary education as a physics, practical science and astronomy teacher at Cambridge Springs High School in Pennsylvania. While in graduate school, he conducted research in physics education, focusing on how students learn, retain and transfer their trigonometry knowledge to their physics courses. The Bayer representative on the Academic Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, Ozimek expertly uses assessment to enhance student learning. He also contributes to the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.